Around Big Mere from Marbury to Wirswall

This gentle country walk climbs the hill at Wirswall for a lovely view over South Cheshire.


Start: SJ559459

Length: 2.5 miles

Duration: 1.75 hours

Grade: Easy

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Waypoint 1. Grid reference SJ559459

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Park near the village hall in Marbury, then follow the road as if you're heading towards the church.

Waypoint 2. Grid reference SJ559458

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Opposite the T-junction you will reach, there's a stile. Follow the footpath sign leading across the field to the right.

Waypoint 3. Grid reference SJ558458

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The Big Mere will come in to view, as will the destination at the top of the hill in the distance which can be seen by looking for a mobile phone radio mast.

Waypoint 4. Grid reference SJ558458

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Keep following the footpath signs.

Waypoint 5. Grid reference SJ556458

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Some of the fields may have cattle in them, so take care not to disturb them too much.

Waypoint 6. Grid reference SJ554458

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The grass fields turn in to a dusty track.

Waypoint 7. Grid reference SJ554457

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Then cross over the grassy field...

Waypoint 8. Grid reference SJ553457

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...heading towards the gap between the trees in the distance.

Waypoint 9. Grid reference SJ552456

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On the other side of the stile leaving the field is a narrow country road. Turn left and follow the road up the hill.

Waypoint 10. Grid reference SJ550450

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You will see a road sign on entering the village of Wirswall. Just after this on the left is a footpath sign. You will see a metal gate. To the right of this is a stile leading in to another field.

Waypoint 11. Grid reference SJ550449

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Go straigh across the field climbing the hill, where you will see great views over South Cheshire on a clear day. Marbury church will be visible as will the Big Mere.

Waypoint 12. Grid reference SJ550445

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From the top of the hill facing downhill, you will see a stile to the right of the field.

Waypoint 13. Grid reference SJ553447

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Keep following the footpath, through the gate.

Waypoint 14. Grid reference SJ554448

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Over the stile...

Waypoint 15. Grid reference SJ556449

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Over the next stile...

Waypoint 16. Grid reference SJ558451

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...and once again.

Waypoint 17. Grid reference SJ559453

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Here you will be at the side of Big Mere and be able to see Marbury Church on top of the hill. Follow the path along the side of the mere.

Waypoint 18. Grid reference SJ560454

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Along the way is a huge tree which has a hollow base. It's possible to actually go inside!

Waypoint 19. Grid reference SJ559455

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Head towards the church.

Waypoint 20. Grid reference SJ559456

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The path in the church grounds leads around the church and then out on the other side down a short track.

Waypoint 21. Grid reference SJ559457

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On reaching the road, turn left and then turn right at the next junction. The village hall will come in to view on the right.