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Horse Riding - Bishop Bennet Way

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Grade: Long Distance Distance: 55km /34miles (Cheshire section) Time: Approx. 2 days (from end to end) Start: ...
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RidersThe Bishop Bennet Way runs from below Beeston Castle, west towards the Welsh border, passing by Tattenhall and Aldford before turning south and east past Farndon towards Malpas and Whitchurch.

The route is named after an eighteenth century traveller who once explored the tracks that we now ride for pleasure.
 
The route continues through Shropshire, but the described route in Cheshire finishes near the hilltop village of Wirswall on the Shropshire border. Using bed and breakfast accommodation the whole ride can be completed over two consecutive days or you could choose to ride shorter sections individually.
 
Horseriders are legally entitled to ride bridleways, restricted byways, byways open to all traffic and, of course, public roads. You must expect to share all these routes with walkers and cyclists and, in the case of byways, roads and some restricted byways, with motor traffic too. You should also expect some use of bridleways by farmers with agricultural vehicles.
 
The Bishop Bennet Way comprises some 27kms of surfaced roads (mostly without verges) and 12kms of ‘green lanes’ of which some have bridleway status, some restricted byway status, and others byway open to all traffic status. The remainder of the route is by field-edge and cross-field paths, the latter being occasionally subject to ploughing. The route is largely on flat ground but with some gentle hills in its southern half. Some of the central sections of the route can be very wet during winter months.

Grade

Long Distance

Distance

55km /34miles (Cheshire section)

Time

Approx. 2 days (from end to end)

Start

Near Beeston Castle, layby on Crimes Lane, Beeston. Note that finish point on Bradeley Green Lane is single track dead-end road with very limited parking. Parking, loading and unloading of horse boxes/trailers by arrangement only with Mr M Latham at Hillcroft, Bradeley Green Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 4HE (phone 01948 665556 or fax 01948 666119).

Map

OS Explorer 257

Terrain

Varies from green bridleways and byways to surfaced tracks and metalled roads. Some central sections can be very wet/muddy in winter.

Barriers

All gates accessible to horse riders.

Toilets

Available at various locations en route (please ask for permission first) including: -
  -The White Horse Inn, Churton (01829 270208)
  -The Bluebell Inn, Tushingham (01948 662172)
  -The Horse & Jockey, Grindley Brook (01948 662723)

Contact

Cheshire West and Chester Council Tel: 01606 271736