Sometimes there's nothing better than a bracing walk and, in Cheshire, we're lucky to have some beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

It's fun, it's free and you're bound to see lots of interesting things along the way. An added bonus is that after all the exercise and fresh air, the kids are bound to sleep soundly, too.

Here are some of Cheshire's best walks that will hopefully inspire you to get out and about.

Bickerton Hill

View from Bickerton Hill near Malpas looking towards North Wales
View from Bickerton Hill near Malpas looking towards North Wales

This is one of Cheshire's most popular route with walkers, on the Sandstone Trail . It's not for the faint hearted but you will be rewarded throughout with stunning views of the surrounding valleys. On clear days it is possible to see as far as the Liver Building and Ellesmere Port .

Countess of Chester Country Park

The winding paths through The Countess of Chester Country Park

The Countess of Chester Country Park brings the countryside closer to the city, providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy natural and peaceful surroundings as you wander around the park’s pathways. It's ideal for families who want to go out for a stroll or enjoy a picnic in the countryside.

Parkgate

Parkgate has tremendous views across the Dee Estuary towards the Welsh hills, providing the setting for this fascinating, yet gentle walk which is spectacular for birdwatching.

Caldy Valley Nature Park

A wildflower walk through the Caldy Valley Nature Park takes place today (Thursday)

Caldy Nature Park in Great Boughton is a small area of wetland, woodland and meadows situated extremely close to Chester city centre .

Tarvin Community Woodland

The Tarvin Community Woodland Trust's main aim is to conserve, restore and re-establish native trees, plants and all types of wildlife, and this delightful site allows a pleasant short walk through open woodland, meadow and wildflower areas.

Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest , on the Sandstone Trail, is an ideal place to go for a walk. With its dry sandstone paths, lots of mature trees to shade or shelter under depending on the weather and Blakemere Moss, it also has a lake ideal for bird watchers.

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Tatton Park

Deer at Tatton Park

Explore the wonderful 1000 acre deer park on this walk in Knutsford where you'll be able to see the rare-breed farm with cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats and donkeys up close.

Beeston Crag

This circular walk is 3.75 miles long and will take you around three and a half hours. It’s a fairly easy walk through Beeston and the stunning Peckforton Hills.

Thurstaston

With its stunning views of the Wirral penninsula, Thurstaston is a very popular spot with walkers. At just 90m above sea level, it offers some of the best the Wirral has to offer. From the summit of Thurstaston Hill the views encompass the Liverpool skyline, the Welsh hills over the River Dee , the Irish Sea coast and, in clear weather, Snowdonia, the Pennine Hills and the Lake District.

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey in Cheshire is taking part in the National Gardens Scheme today (Sunday)

Enjoy the woodland glades, a deer park, the gardens and the house on this pleasant stroll around the Dunham Massey estate near Altrincham. The terrain is very easy on the whole, but be aware that the rain leaves patches of the ground quite marshy. Deer roam freely throughout the park, so dogs must be kept on a lead.

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