The Frodsham and Helsby Circular Walk Guide
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The Frodsham And Helsby Circular Walk

Are you looking for an interesting walk in the Cheshire area? If so, have you considered the Frodsham and Helsby Hill Circular? This Looped walk will take approximately 3 hours and is guaranteed to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, into a world filled with stunning views and nature. This breathtaking route will take you on winding pathways over fields, past streams, through woodlands and up hillsides, giving beautiful panoramic views along the way.

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The Frodsham and Helsby Hill Circular is a fabulous walk that starts in the quaint market town of Frodsham in Cheshire. This incredible 10.3 Km walk takes you up Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill giving you fantastic views across the Mersey Estuary and Cheshire countryside before returning you to the starting point in Frodsham. 

The trail is classed as moderate and is generally used for hiking, running and dog walking and is accessible all year round, although do expect a lot of mud during wet weather!

The following guide will give you everything you need to know about completing the walk including how to get to the start, route information, facilities plus a step-by-step guide to the walk.

The Frodsham and Helsby Hill Circular Statistics:

  • Length: 10.3km
  • Elevation Gain: 359m
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Walk Highlights: Fantastic views of the Mersey Estuary and as far as Snowdonia in Wales on a clear day!

Walk Start Point:

Start grid reference: SJ 51579 77060

If arriving by car I suggest parking in Castle Park car park which is free and then walking up the hill towards the starting point. Frodsham can be easily reached from the M56 motorway, just take junction 11 and follow the signs for the town centre.

Castle Park Address: Fountain Lane, Frodsham, WA6 6SA 

Open 8-5 Be warned though the gates are locked at closing time.

Other parking can be found at Moor Lane Carpark from 50p to £1.60 for over 6 Hours.

Public Transport:

Frodsham can also be easily reached by public transport. 

From Liverpool or Chester, you can catch the train (Transport for Wales) which stops at Frodsham Train station. For tickets check out The Trainline.

You can also catch the X30 Bus from Chester or Warrington city centres which stops in Frodsham’s Main Street, just a short walk from the start point.

Facilities On The Walk:

There are no public toilets along the route, however, you will find public toilets at Castle Park which is 5 minute walk from the start point.

In Frodsham town centre you will find a great choice of cafe bars and restaurants as well as numerous shops including a Morrisons if you need to stock up on water and snacks.

One of my favourite places to grab a bite to eat is the Devonshire Bakery situated on the High Street.

Other Useful Information:

Before starting any walk I recommend checking out the local weather. This walk in particular can become extremely muddy in places, especially in wet weather. If you are walking in wet weather, I recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots or socks. Also, take extra care in some places due to unfenced cliff edges. 

Parts of the trail are well signposted as it forms part of The Sandstone Trail, however, I recommend using a map and compass or even a mobile route finder such as AllTrails.

Although the walk only takes around 3 hours to complete, please make sure you have plenty of fluids and a few snacks as well as any extra warm clothing or waterproofs. It’s generally an easy walk but some of the climbs can be quite strenuous in places, especially for novice walkers.

The Frodsham and Helsby Hill Circular Route:

The official route starts halfway up Frodsham Hill, however, you can start it at any point from Frodsham town centre and just make your way up the hill. 

The first part of the walk takes you up and over Frodsham Hill towards Woodhouse Hill. 

Frodsham Hill is quite wooded making views from the top quite difficult. However, the walk through the woods is just a delight! Yes, it’s a little strenuous getting up the hill, especially after walking 6km into Frodsham from home like I did but the scenery is just beautiful. 

As you make your way to the summit you’ll be surrounded by nature with lots of cute grey squirrels crossing your path searching the undergrowth and chasing each other up the trees. They are a joy to watch. Unfortunately, they seem a little camera shy and would do a runner every time I got my camera out!

As you make the walk up the hill you will also find many benches to stop and catch your breath if you need to. Once you reach the summit of Woodhouse Hill there is a perfectly positioned bench to sit and take in the amazing views across the Mersey Estuary. Unfortunately the day I decided to walk the route the weather was a little mixed and the views were not quite as good as they would be on a clear day but they were still pretty amazing!

After you’ve had enough of the views the route takes you along the cliff edge and then back down the hill through some more woodland. If it’s been raining recently you’ll find this area to be muddy so watch your step!

As you continue down the track you will walk past a small lake and around the side of a caravan park. The route will then take you down a small lane past a local pony sanctuary, Spirt of the Herd. This wonderful charity rescues and rehabilitates horses which are then used to help children, young people and adults with learning needs, lacking in confidence, or suffering from stress or anxiety. 

A few metres after the pony sanctuary you will need to make a turn left down a small lane, up towards another road at the top. Turn left again, walk up the hill a little and then make a right turn onto a small track that will lead you across a couple of fields. 

Eventually, you will merge onto another small track which then takes you past a farm and up towards Helsby Hill. At the top of the track, you will see signs for Helsby Hill so you won’t get lost.

Once you get to the summit of Helsby Hill you’ll be met again with some wonderful views! Be careful in bad weather as it can get windy so don’t venture too near the edge!

The route will then take you down through the woods eventually leading you back towards Frodsham. The track down can be quite tricky and muddy, especially in wet weather! However, the walk back through the woods is really lovely.

Once you’re back in Frodsham why not have a little walk around the town and admire the pretty surroundings or even have a bite to eat or a drink in one of the lovely pubs?

Here are a few more pictures from my walk:

Please note ‘Easy Life Traveller’ accepts no responsibility for any injuries or accidents that may result from walking any of these published routes. We always recommend wearing appropriate footwear and proper equipment such as a map and compass. For more details on walking safely in the countryside check out The Ramblers safety advice here.

Final Thoughts

The Frodsham and Helsby Hill Circular is a challenging but rewarding walk that takes in some of the best views in Cheshire. Whether you’re a keen rambler or just looking for a picturesque afternoon stroll, this guide will help you make the most of your time on the hills. Thanks for reading and happy walking!

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