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- The Whitegate Way

Grade: Easy (cycling) / Moderate (riding) Distance: 10½km / 6½ miles Time: 1 hour (cycling) / 2 hours (riding) Start: ...

The Whitegate Way is an ideal traffic-free route from Winsford to Cuddington, near Delamere Forest Park. The Way itself is suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding, and for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

The Whitegate railway line carried salt for almost 100 years, from the mines along the west bank of the River Weaver up to Cuddington where it joined the Chester - Manchester line.

The line finally closed in 1966 and today you can enjoy a picnic at Whitegate Station, the only station along the way. Shady wooded cuttings contrast with sunny open embankments, offering spectacular views over the patchwork fields towards the Peckforton Hills.

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The Whitegate Way is a permitted bridleway along an old railway line, passing through Vale Royal, and some of Cheshire’s most attractive countryside.


Easy (cycling) / Moderate (riding)


10½km / 6½ miles


1 hour (cycling) / 2 hours (riding)


Whitegate Way car park, Bradford Road, Winsford


OS Explorer 267 Northwich & Delamere Forest


Level, well surfaced paths




Whitegate Way car park, Clay Lane


Whitegate Way: 01606 301484

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