Explore the diverse landscape of Bickerton Hill
Bickerton Hill lies to the south of the Sandstone Ridge at the southern tip of the Peckforton hills and covers approximately 280 acres.
The Sandstone Trail
Explore a 3 mile section of the Sandstone Trail A circular walk around Maiden Castle Bickerton Cheshire (PDF / 0.6MB) download which offers beautiful views across the Dee Valley to the Welsh hills and passes the ramparts of Maiden Castle Hillfort.
Bickerton is one of the few remaining lowland heaths in Cheshire. It’s a place of wild and rugged tranquility, with open heath, woodland, and splendid views towards distant hills. It has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its lowland heath plants and wildlife. In addition to the SSSI, Hether Wood is a Site of Biological Importance and a great place to find a quiet spot to walk in amongst the sweet chestnut, birch, oak, rowan and beech trees.
The red sandstone of the area comes dramatically to the surface across the landscape. An Iron Age fort, Maiden Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance lies at the highest point of the hill - 212m above sea level. On a fine day you can see all the way to the Welsh mountains.
The castle was built at Bickerton between 500 and 600 BC, and was probably still occupied when the Romans arrived in Britain.
The whole site would have been a bustling settlement with stone and timber buildings, trackways and livestock enclosures. Today you can still see the two semi-circular ramparts that were used to defend the settlement .
Facilities and Access
Car parks: SY14 8LN off Goldford Lane or Sy14 8LH off Old Coach Road.
Toilets: Please note there are no toilets at Bickerton Hill
Dogs: Well behaved dogs always welcomed. Please help us care for this special place by picking up after your dog and keeping them close at all times.
Litter: We have no litter bins on site so please take all litter home with you and help us keep Bickerton Hill special for everyone.