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Walk the Dane Valley

Walking Route

CW12 1HN

Tel: 01477 534115

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A route from Brereton Local Nature Reserve crossing the River Dane through to Swettenham. Moderate Walk, Distance 7km/4.5 miles. Time 2-3 hours.

The Dane Valley is one of the hidden gems of the Congleton area. The River has cut a course though the soft sand and gravels of the Cheshire Plain to create a scenic wooded valley. This is rich dairy country, with prime grazing for the county's famous cattle.

Tucked away in the valley is Swettenham, a village which has changed little over the years. St Peter's Church was built in the 13th century, possibly on the site of a much older building. Some of the original half-timbered structure can be seen in the north wall, although the rest of the church was encased in brick in 1720. The pub opposite was once a nunnery and is said to be linked to St. Peter's by an underground passage.

Swettenham Mill on Midge Brook was built as a corn mill, but more recently was used to power heavy timber cutting machinery. The woods behind are known as Daffodil Dell and were a favourite outing in the spring for local people.

Swettenham Meadows above the brook are full of wildflowers all summer long, and today are managed as a nature reserve by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

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