Visit Whitegate Way, where heavy goods trains laden with salt once lumbered to Cuddington to join the Chester - Manchester line. Today the old railway line has been transformed and provides a haven for wildlife and a pleasant place for a stroll or ride.
Stretching for six miles (10km) from the heart of Winsford to Cuddington, the route offers easy walking for all ages along a varied route.
Shady wooded cuttings contrast with open embankments offering spectacular views across the Cheshire countryside. Convenient access points for walkers, cyclists and riders allow you to walk or ride a length at a time.
A totally accessible section, ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs, has been developed from Whitegate Station. Whitegate was the only station on the line. Today it has been developed into a picnic area with car parking and toilet facilities.
Take time to look around the station area or use it as a starting point to explore the attractive countryside around Whitegate. There is also a car park at Bradford Road, Winsford.
Toilets at Whitegate Station car park (Parish Council)
Station House Community Cafe (Parish Council)
Exploring further afield
The Whitegate Way is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside using the rights of way network, and is a useful link with the Weaver Parkway.
An 8km /5 mile walking route around Utkinton takes in Utkinton Hall and the beautiful gardens of Tirley Garth along the way.
The Weaver Wanderer is an easy 17km bike ride, with plenty of off-road cycling along the Weaver Parkway and the Whitegate Way.
How to get there
There are rail links at Cuddington and Winsford. The car park and picnic area at Whitegate Station is signed off the A54, south of A556. The car park is locked in the evening.