South Cheshire Way Relay Run
We first completed the South Cheshire Way as a relay in 2011 as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations.
This is the latest information (2011) to help team groupings or for anyone interested in completing the route.
 
There is an overview route map (PDF) available here

On the map links provided (rather inexpertly), you will frequently need to ignore the big red arrow (which is often pointing to the nearest place name I could search for), and I will put a note about exactly where on the map the relevant point is.
Instructions for teams of six
Leg 1 : Mow Cop to Trent & Mersey Canal nr Thurlwood, via Little Moreton Hall.
Distance approx 6 miles (but includes significant downhill).
Key points: care needed crossing A50 and A533.
LEG START: Mow Cop castle car park Map Location
(Car park is indicated by blue P sign on map)

Leg 2 : Canal to Haslington Hall
Distance approx 5.5 miles
Key points: at recent visit, one of the fields between School Farm (GR: 765574) and Haslington Hall was almost impassably muddy. I will revisit nearer the time and suggest a simple road detour if still as bad.)
LEG START: Map Location
(The changeover is where the South Cheshire Way meets the canal, just after the crossing of the A533. There is some off-road parking available there.)

Leg 3 : Haslington Hall to Hough Common, via Weston
Distance approx 5.4 miles
Key points: this is a fairly short leg but needs an experienced/confident runner or to pair up with one as a support runner. Hazards include crossing Crewe golf course, a short section of the Crewe-Alsager road (no pavement) and care crossing A5020. After Chorlton Lane there is also a section where a path diversion is currently in operation, making this tricky to navigate. I will review this nearer the time, but it is a problem in its current state (though passable with care).
LEG START: Map Location
(Red arrow is pointing at Haslington generally. Actual changeover point is at the gateway to Haslington Hall, which is marked ‘Hall’ just above and right of the word Haslington on map!)

Leg 4 : Hough Common to Coole Lane
Distance approx 6.5 miles
Key points: Care on short stretch of A51. No verge for about 10 yards at one point.
LEG START: Map Location
(Changeover is the pull-in off Cobb Lane. Note that we are using the route up Cobb Lane at the start of this leg. There is an alternative through the kennels, but road is simpler.)

Leg 5 : Coole Lane to Smeaton Hall
Distance approx 5.1 miles
Key points: as the SCW nears Aston it has a section of a few hundred metres on the A530 Nantwich-Whitchurch Rd. Great care is needed here. There is a verge on the left for about half the distance, but you then need to cross to the right to face traffic and will be in the road.
LEG START: Map Location
(Changeover is where SCW emerges onto Coole Lane, but parking may be easier nearer the canal bridge – ie 200m or so further up).

Leg 6 : Smeaton Hall to Horse & Jockey pub at Grindley Brook
Distance approx 6 miles
Key points:  
LEG START: Map Location
(Precise changeover is not at arrow but where SCW meets New Road south of Wrenbury cum Frith, near Smeaton Hall).

FINISH : Horse and Jockey Map Location   web site
 
Instructions for teams of four
Leg 1 : Mow Cop Castle car park to Romping Donkey, Hassall Green
Distance approx 7.3 miles
Key points: care crossing A50 and A533
LEG START: Mow Cop castle car park Map Location
(Car park is indicated by blue P sign on map)

Leg 2 : Romping Donkey to Hough Common
Distance approx 9.7 miles
Key points: Please see notes for legs 2 & 3 for the teams of six above. This is a long and potentially tricky leg due to various factors, some of which should be resolved before the event. Again, ideally wants an experienced runner.
LEG START: Map Location
(Changeover point is on the canal at the bridge nearest the Romping Donkey pub. On the canal, not at the pub itself. Ignore arrow on map)

Leg 3 : Hough Common to Aston
Distance approx 9.75 miles
Key points: see notes, above, for legs 4&5 in the teams of six, especially re the A530
LEG START: Map Location
(Changeover is the pull-in off Cobb Lane. Note that we are using the route up Cobb Lane at the start of this leg. There is an alternative through the kennels, but road is simpler.)

Leg 4 : Aston to Grindley Brook
Distance approx 7.75 miles
Key points:  
LEG START: Map Location
(Changeover point likely to be at or near Bhurtpore Arms pub in Aston village)

FINISH : Horse and Jockey Map Location   web site