This trail was designed to follow public rights of way closest to the River Dane from its source near Buxton to its confluence with the River Weaver in Northwich.
It can be divided conveniently into two sections, firstly Buxton to Congleton (37km / 23miles) and then Congleton to Northwich (38km / 24miles) and most of the route is shown on OS maps. The project was started in 1994 by local Ramblers Association Groups, along with help from various Local Authorities and volunteers and revised in 2013 to cover the extension into Northwich. The attached photos give a flavour of the sites and scenery along the route.
Congleton Ramblers have produced walking guides to the trail, printed as Upper Dane Valley and Lower Dane Valley Way, to match the two sections described above. These are available free of charge to Congleton Ramblers members, or at Congleton Tourist Information at the Town Hall for a small charge for the pair.
We would encourage our members to explore The Dane Valley Way as much as possible, along with all other walkers who may be interested in this delightful trail.
Mike Dale Sep 2022.
(photos are of Three Shires Head, Astbury Mere, Swettenham, and Shutlingsloe)