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Lots of off road running!
Try Styal Woods, which you can actually run to from Wilmslow itself via Twinnies Bridge and Quarry Bank Mill...beautiful! An all time favourite but it gets pretty tough in the woods themselves.
An alternative is to go to Alderley Edge, and up onto the Edge itself: again it is tough, but well worth it: fantastic view. Just enjoy exploring! Best to park on the road unless you are a National Trust member.
Look at the Wilmslow Running Club website!
Lovely area to be moving to.
This also may be useful:
Thanks very much for the great advice and recommendations. Sorry for not responding sooner but 'user error' and I had clicked and added you to my 'ignore list'.
How very rude of me...I feel even worse about it now that I've read your advice!
I'll be sure to report back...now off to buy some trail shoes.
Thanks once again.
Yes great, reccied Lyme Park at the weekend running from Nelson Pit car park up to Lyme Park circumnavigate the House and through woods in small West car park and then back to tow path on the canal ending back in car park.
Amazing views and 2 does leapt across my path...not sure who was more startled me or them!
Bit soggy underfoot but well worth it.
Macclesfield Forest sounds interesting and bordering on fell running which is great too....nothing like a bit of lactic acid to make you appreciate getting to a summit thanks for that one Jen
Glad you enjoyed your run yesterday! If you had carried on away from Wilmslow through the Carrs, staying on the right of the river, you can then continue towards Quarry Bank Mill, following the river. You can then turn right up some steps towards the car park but take a right turn at the top of the steps and this will bring you down a pleasant path back to the Carrs. For longer runs there are lots of paths after the mill, including a cobbled path immediately after: think it is signed to Morley. Go along this, through a farm (can get rather muddy) and on to the main Altrincham Road. Turn right and head downhill: after the hotel turn immediately right and then you can run (and walk as the hills are not easy!) back to Quarry Bank Mill. I guess the loop from the mill is around three miles.
This may be useful to you: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/viewevent.asp?sp=&v=2&EN=68243&ms=
Hopefully this is a link to the Round the Runways race which goes off road fairly close to Wilmslow.