A COUNTRYSIDE ranger who manages the Sandstone Trail says Cheshire residents who’ve yet to walk the popular attraction don’t know what they’re missing.
John Street has one of the best jobs in Cheshire and wants more people in the county to enjoy the natural beauty of the 34-mile trek.
He said: “I think some people don’t realise it is here. They should come and give it a go and see the wonderful views the Cheshire countryside has to offer.
“We see fewer and fewer young people walking on the trail. They just don’t seem to want to come out and give walking a go, they would much rather be inside playing on their PlayStation. They are just missing out on so much.”
John maintains the trail and walks parts of it most days of the week. He checks stiles and gates and clears anything that blocks the paths.
The trail follows the Sandstone Ridge from Frodsham to Whitchurch. It was opened in 1974 and between 120,000 and 150,000 walkers use it every year.
John said: “The majority of people who wish to do the whole thing do it in three days, but we do get people who do the whole thing in a day.
“Most people come to do the circular walks, so they can park, go for a walk and finish where they started. There are 12 circular walks and if you do them all you have covered virtually all the trail.
“You don’t need to be a hardened walker to give it a try. Many people just come for a quick, half-hour walk and then they pop to one of the pubs along the way.”
The Sandstone Trail supports a vast number of businesses as there are a number of pubs, tea rooms, bed and breakfasts and villages along it.
John said the paths of the trail sometimes cross farmland and there is vast amount of co-operation needed between landowners and those who use the trail.
John said: “The majority of people do follow the countryside code and close gates and pick up their rubbish. It is only occasionally we get problems. Unfortunately it can be the young people that go to areas of the trail during the evening that cause these problems.”