Dog Walking – Mow Cop Castle

After a morning of gardening, which the girls did not enjoy as ‘get off my flowerbeds’ was not their idea of fun. After yesterdays walk around Apedale Country Park today we decided to take them on a walk up to Mow Cop Castle, this roughly a 2 mile uphill walk from our home so a nice 4 mile round trip in total.

A little bit of history on Mow Cop Castle:


The castle was built as a summerhouse in 1754 for Randle Wilbraham I of Rode Hall. The summerhouse was used by the Wilbraham family for picnics and entertaining friends and family. However in the mid 1800’s, a row over the summerhouse began between Wilbraham and Ralph Sneyd of Keele Hall. Sneyd felt that both him and Wilbraham should take part ownership of the Summerhouse as part of it was built on his land, over the time of the battle between the two parties the Summerhouse fell into a state of disrepair with some doors and windows missing. It was eventually ruled that both parties should share the use of the Summerhouse and its upkeep. The public was to have free access as before except on Sundays at the time of divine service, at this time it should remain locked. By the end of the 19th century the house had once more fell into a state of disrepair.


In 1923 to uproar of the local people the land and the castle were sold and and were to be quarried. For many years a legal battle went back and fourth over the use of the land until June 1937. The deeds for the castle and surrounding lands were handed over to The National Trust. Since then a number of renovations have taken place to ensure that the castle is safe for public visiting.

The castle sits on the Staffordshire/Cheshire border and beautiful views can be seen over both counties.


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When uploading the photos there were a lot of light orbs so these are the few I managed to rescue.

If you have any walking recommendations in the Staffordshire, Derbyshire or Cheshire areas then please leave a comment and let me know as we are always looking for new places to see!

Lots of Love

Home at Five XO


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