CHESHIRE Sandstone Ridge could be named an area of outstanding beauty under plans being put forward by the Government.

Eddisbury MP Edward Timpson, who has been supporting the campaign, said: “The Sandstone Ridge has long been a treasured natural asset, with over a million visitors a year.

“This has potential to not only protect and enhance its special environment but also bring important investment along and around its route.”

The ridge runs for 30km between Frodsham and Helsby to Malpas, covering about 220 sq km.

The rural landscape is dominated by a patchwork of small fields, with woodland, heathland, meres and mosses.

Andrew Hull, chairman of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge Trust, said:”This is a watershed moment in seeking to conserve, connect and inspire future generations in understanding and caring for this unique landscape and its diverse habitats.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “We have an opportunity to create a new chapter for our protected landscapes.

“The work that we are going to take forward will contribute to our commitment to protect 30 per cent of our land by 2030, and boost biodiversity, while designating more areas of the country for their natural beauty.”

Julian Glover, who led the review, said: "Our natural landscapes are the soul of England, beautiful, much-love and there for all of us but they are under pressure."