Autumn is a lovely time in Swettenham. With the leaves changing colour in the Quinta Lovell Arboretum behind the pub, we’ve got spectacular scenery at this time of year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be listing our favourite walks in the local area, starting with Swettenham Meadows.
If you’d like to look at any of our walks in more detail, then the relevant OS map is Explorer 268 for Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Congleton. All walks start at the pub. Some are also suitable for horse riders, and you’re welcome to park a horsebox here – just give us a ring first to make sure we haven’t got an event on.
Walk 1 – Swettenham Meadows
Suitable for: this is a fairly easy walk but there are a lot of stiles, so not suitable for elderly dogs or anyone with restricted movement. Paths go across fields and can be muddy, so wear sturdy boots!
Distance: around two miles
Time: allow a good hour
From the pub car park with the pub at your back, walk across the lane and take the public footpath with a stile opposite the church.
Stay on the path across four fields, and you’ll come out onto the road. Ignore the road turning immediately to your left, but walk down the hill a little and come onto Congleton Road. Depending on the time of day, this road may have some traffic on it. Turn left and walk down the hill, over the bridge and up the other wise.
Ignore the first road turning off to the right. Just before the second road turning on the right, you’ll see a footpath sign almost hidden in the hedge. Follow this path across two small fields and walk alongside the house to the stile. Follow the path through another two fields until you emerge onto Cross Lane, a restricted byway (traffic is minimal on this road but there may be the odd car).
Take the next public footpath to your left, across Swettenham Meadows. This area is managed by Cheshire Wildife Trust and is a wildlife haven, so please keep to the paths as much as possible! Cross the wooden footbridge and follow the path up the hill. Cross the stile, and you’ll find yourself back on the road. Turn right and follow the lane back to the Swettenham Arms (you’ll be able to see the church at this point)
Come and see us for lunch or a pint – dogs and boots both welcome!