East Cheshire Walks: from peak to plain

"Where do you want to go?" asked the Cheshire Cat*
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter. If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there . . ."

... but you'll always know which way to go with "East Cheshire Walks: from peak to plain", a guidebook that I wrote in 1985 and published it under the Sigma Leisure imprint - part of Sigma Press that my wife and I started in the early 1980s. We ran Sigma for almost 30 years until it was acquired by Stobart Davies Ltd, who continue to publish under the Sigma Leisure banner. You can see their list by clicking here.

"East Cheshire Walks" was important for us, as it attracted many new authors. We published literally hundreds of books - mostly about walking and cycling, though with occasional diversions into subjects ranging from ballroom dancing to Donald Campbell's Bluebird boat.

Over the years, the book was updated - an extra walk here and there, occasional (rare!) errors corrected and amendments as new roads were built, housing developments took place and a second runway for Manchester airport neatly cut across one of my walks. The book is now in its fourth edition and I still keep an eye on things, just in case I have to update it yet again.

Why not try some of the walks for yourself? There are five samples on this website, taken directly from the book and completely free for you to download and use for as long as you like. Also on the site you'll find some pictures of east Cheshire, some useful links to other sites and other useful information that I'll add to eventually!

*The quotation is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, writing as Lewis Carroll. Though he was born in west Cheshire, a quote from one of his characters seems particularly appropriate: