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Peckforton Hills

The scenic Peckforton Hills consist of a triassic, sandstone ridge running northeast-southwest across the Cheshire Plain. They form a significant part of the longer Mid Cheshire Ridge. Rugged sandstone outcrops, lofty trees and panoramic views both east and west across a patchwork landscape, combine to create an invigorating walk.

Peckforton Hills

Bulkeley Hill (grid reference SJ525552) stands at the south end and ll has been designated a county site of biological importance for its woodland and grassland habitats. The ridge is continued southwards by Bickerton Hill. The high points are Peckforton Point (SJ529557; 203 m), immediately north of Bulkeley Hill, and Stanner Nab (SJ531573; 200 m), towards the northern end of the ridge. There is evidence of settlement on the hills dating from the neolithic or Bronze Age. The earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort, Maiden Castle, are located on the summit of the southerly hill.

Peckforton Hills

The summit of the northerly hill, Raw Head (OS grid ref- SJ508548), has an elevation of 227 metres and is the highest point on the Mid Cheshire Ridge. Mad Allen's Hole, a cave on the southerly Bickerton Hill, is believed by some to be the location of "Allenscomb's Cave" in which John Harris, "the English Hermit", an eighteenth century eccentric, lived for 46 years.

Peckforton Hills

The Sandstone Trail long-distance footpath runs directly along the ridge. Part of Peckforton Woods has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Bulkeley Hill is owned by the National Trust, its wooded slopes include 12 acres (5 hectares) of semi-natural ancient woodland.

Peckforton Hills

Peckforton Castle, a Victorian mansion built in the style of a medieval castle, stands at the northern end of the Peckforton ridge.

Peckforton Hills

A walk on the Peckforton Hills from Beeston Castle

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