West Cheshire Rural

Walking Group

We have three Walking Groups:

Short walks - These walks are extremely popular, consequently from May 2022 there will be two to choose from - The walk on the 2nd Thursday in the month will be repeated the following Friday. Contact Jill Hughes for the Thursday walks and contact Anne Bayliss for the Friday walks.

Long walks - 4th Thursday in the month.

Other groups are on an ad-hoc basis

May 2022
On 23rd May the Monday group had another fascinating walk of discovery with David, in Chester. Parking at the Little Owl, we walked through the Country Park and then followed the canal past the University buildings to the basin behind Telford's Warehouse, up beside the staircase locks and on to Cow Lane Bridge. After a coffee stop at the Bus Exchange cafe, we went through the Supertrees subway garden which is well worth visiting, on past the Northgate Arena, then along Victoria Road and back to the cars.

Ignoring the poor weather forecast, 7 of us met on the 16th at Stamford Bridge pub for a flat walk of about 5 miles. Crossing many fields, tracks and quiet lanes we walked a circuit including Tarvin, the Roman Bridges and Cotton Edmonds passing Stamford Mill on the way back. A beautiful sunny day was rounded off with a pub lunch.

This unusual short walk (12th May and to be repeated on 13th May) found us outside Marks & Spencer in Chester for a history trail through Flookersbrook and Hoole. From Frodsham Street, through Gorse Stacks and Brook Street we learned about life in medieval times, the drovers' routes and Roman tracks. After crossing Hoole Bridge we followed the track to Newton Hollows and then back to Hoole Road stopping off in Faulkner Street for refreshments. We then continued over the site of the Old City Hospital, along Hoole Lane and along the canal to Waitrose. We learned so much about Chester ancient and modern, all thanks to Sue.

Seven of us met at the Blue Bell (sadly now closed) in Tushingham for a circular walk of 3.5 miles, led by Sue. It was flat, mainly across fields with some tracks and lanes. Lots of sheep with their lambs were to be seen. Good weather and a great morning out, rounded off by excellent coffee and cake in Teresa's lovely new home in Malpas. How lucky we are!

Five of us met in Holt car park for a 4-5 walk crossing the Dee and then upstream to the steps on the left. We followed the track emerging next to the GP Surgery and crossed the road into the aptly named "Walkers Lane". This led to another track and through a series of fields until we arrived at the Farndon/Churton Road. Turning left then right into Stannage Lane, we walked as far as Knowl Lane where we turned left towards the Dee then left again through more fields to Brewery Lane. Left again, up to the main road into Farndon, right through the village then back across the Dee returning to Holt for coffee at Cleopatra's.

April 2022
The long walk this month was 6 miles around Helsby Hill with beautiful views from the top. The route deviated somewhat from the planned one. With fine cool weather, varied scenery and a tasty meal at the White Lion in Alvanley our day was enjoyed by all. Thanks are due to Viv for organising the walk and meal and Tony and Iain M for their invaluable help in re-planning the route. (Please note that from May we plan to repeat the short Thursday walk with an identical one on the consecutive Friday).

Another lovely sunny morning and a group of us enjoyed a walk around Chester.

On the 14th, six of us walked across fields, down country lanes, through woods and along the Dee riverbank. We were joined by Kate, a new group member. The weather was fine and we lunched at Bellis's garden centre. This walk was about five miles in and around Farndon.

March 2022
On the 28th, this group met in the Yeld car park for a walk in Delamere Forest. Eight of us walked down Yeld Lane along the track to the right of Eddisbury Lodge then to the Visitors' Centre. Coffee consumed and the world put to rights, we walked up to Pale Heights and a lovely viewpoint at the top. After a short break it was downhill most of the way back to our cars on a beautiful sunny March day.

On 24th, eleven of us walked from the A41 at Duckington, passing the NT car park to reach the heathland below Maiden Castle. We continued through Brown Knowl and along the lanes to Bickerton church then along a short section of the Sandstone Trail to our lunch spot by the Coppermine chimney. Steeply uphill on the road, luckily sheltered by trees from the strong sunshine, then downhill on field paths to Burwardsley. Welcome refreshments were enjoyed in the garden at Poffee, then down the road back to our cars. (About 7.5 miles).

The Monday Group had another linear bus walk on Monday 14th. Starting at the Cock O'Barton we walked down the lane and followed it round to Coddington. The churchyard looked lovely with crocuses and opening daffodils. The sun was so warm we were shedding gloves, then jackets as we strolled past the entrance pillars of Aldersey Park and turned along Dog Lane to reach Chowley Oak. There's a new cafe in one of the units so we relaxed there before tackling the Righi which unfortunately had re-opened to traffic shortly before we got there. The walk was around 5.5 miles.

Mini Walk
On March 21st, eight of the mini group walkers met for a 4.5 mile walk in Chirk. Although cold, the sun came out occasionally. The group followed Sheila and Dave along tracks, fields and lanes, ending up with a stroll along the canal via an aqueduct to a long tunnel which was negotiated with the help of torches. The morning finished with refreshments at The Hand Hotel.

On one of the few (so far) beautiful spring mornings, eight of us caught the 10.00 am bus to the Cock O'Barton when we then set about walking the 5 miles back to Tattenhall along quiet country lanes. We admired the beautiful colourful spring flowers at Coddington Church. It was lovely to find a new coffee shop en route - Cafe Gourmet - which is open Monday-Friday.

Short Walk
15 of us met for a short 4-5 mile walk around Rossett, involving pavements, Marford Quarry nature reserve, quiet lanes and a bridle path. There was an optional 100 steps up to a viewing point ventured by about half of us. The rest had a longer break at the base of the hill. At the end of the walk we lunched at the Golden Lion.

On 7th March eight of us met in Burwardsley to enjoy a 4-5 mile walk around the lanes to the back of Bulkeley Hill. In an anti-clockwise direction we climbed the hill and avoiding many of the sadly blown-down trees, returned to Fowler's Bench Lane then down a steep slope to Stone House Lane. Left there, through Peckforton, then left again along Hill Lane back to Higher Burwardsley. The morning ended with coffee at the Pheasant. Another lovely walk in the memory bank!.

The sun was out when four members enjoyed a 3 mile walk from Higher Burwardsley, up Bulkeley Hill and back. It certainly felt that spring has come as we spotted periwinkles, clumps of white snowdrops, buds on trees and heard a woodpecker and a friendly robin.

February 2022
On 24th Feb ten of us met outside Eccleston Church for a walk of nearly 7 miles. We set off down Eaton Road crossing over just after the A55 bridge to take the path on the left. This led us on to Duke’s Drive, emerging through the impressive gates out to the Overleigh roundabout. Carefully crossing this, we accessed the Dingle ahead via a flight of steps. Turning right at the base of these, we walked along tracks in the woods and were able to navigate round a huge tree which had fallen across it. Right at the Dee we continued upstream under Grosvenor bridge passed 'Nowhere' (was there really a pub there, so named because when its customers were asked by their wives where they had been, answered ‘nowhere’?). Crossing the still high river at Handbridge we walked along the Groves and had very tasty coffee at Snugburys by the suspension bridge. Suitably refreshed, we returned to Eccleston via the meadows and the track next to the Dee. Luckily the mud was much shallower than we feared, and the poor weather forecast proved to be misleading and we had a fine breezy morning. To end our outing, most of us drove to Grosvenor Garden Centre for a tasty lunch, and set the world to rights.

Another walk saw eight of us defying the weather by donning sturdy boots and wellies to walk 3.5 miles in Holt, parking by the Dee in Farndon. We were so lucky that the mud (and rain) were minimal as we trudged across the meadows, tracks and fields. After visiting Holt Castle we rewarded ourselves with refreshments at Cleopatra's.

Walk Around Ellesmere
We were lucky to have beautiful weather for our 3.5 walk around Ellesmere. From the car park by the lake we followed the path round the shore, trying not to bump into the many ducks and geese which were hoping for food. We then took a path through the picturesque town centre to the canal, along the towpath past the house built by Thomas Telford, and back through fields to the Boathouse Restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent lunch.

Group Short Walk
Twenty of us walked the 3.5 miles from Clutton, following a bridleway and then footpaths through woodland and across one of the Carden Park golf courses, along a fairly quiet lane and then back past the adventure area and the Club House. We admired views of distant prospects and inspected the Mesolithic rock shelter and saw masses of snowdrops in the hedgerows and amongst the trees. After the walk we retreated to the Lakeside Cafe at Manor Wood caravan park for a very enjoyable lunch.

The weather was kind when six of us met for the 5 mile walk around Chester. Meeting at Aldi car park at 10.00 we followed the canal towards Chester, through Grosvenor Park, along the river, up over the walls and from there to the racecourse. Leaving the racecourse, we re-joined the canal path and once we'd inspected the canal boats in Telford Locks, we repaired into town for some much-needed lunch, following which we returned to the canal path and re-traced our steps back to our cars.

For this 3-4 mile walk, eight of us met in the Bickerton Hills. It is a shame to see just how many trees have come down in the gales before Christmas. Once again we finished the morning with refreshments at Alison's.

January 2022
We started 2022 with seven of us walking from the Yeld in Delamere Forest. Choosing a flattish route, we walked down Yeld Lane, along a track to Eddisbury Lodge then another track to the Visitors' Centre. After suitable refreshments we re-traced our steps to near the Lodge, then back to the car park via Nettleton Wood. It was a beautiful day and so good to be out walking together.

Our mini-walk saw us putting our bus passes to good use. Seven of us (ably led by Sue F) met on the corner of Frodsham & Foregate Street to explore the city, circuiting Flookersbrook, Hoole and Boughton. Needless to say, coffee was involved when we were introduced to an excellent cafe in Hoole. Being a bit early for our bus home, some of us walked into Christleton to pick up the bus from there.

More bus passes were dusted off on Monday 17th when six of us boarded the bus to Grindley Brook. After an unexpected detour necessitated by a closed road, we met Teresa and walked about three miles together along the canal to Whitchurch. After visiting the local church we repaired to an excellent cafe for lunch before catching the bus back home.

Our mini-walk on 24th saw six of us checking out the stiles on the only outstanding footpath in Tattenhall. (Sue F provided the IT needed to log the position of the stiles). This completes this phase of the project being undertaken by Councillor Paul Kerr, to convert our stiles to kissing gates. Thanks to everyone who has helped in this undertaking. Paul would like to know which footpaths to prioritise so if you let me (Jill Hughes) know which are most important to you, I'll pass this on to him. We walked for around 4 miles in total and ended a chilly but pleasant (and virtually mud-free) morning with refreshments at Alison's. Thanks to Marjorie for the picture.

Our first long walk of the year was in Delamere Forest on 27th when 11 of us met in the Yeld carpark for a walk of around 7 miles led by Jill. Walking down Yeld Lane, we stopped for coffee at the Bike Factory Cafe. We continued along the track to Eddisbury Lodge and then on to Blakemere, stopping off at the Visitor Centre Cafe for lunch. Suitably refreshed we enjoyed good views at Pale Heights (worthy of a visit if you don't know it). We had a lovely day out and were pleased to welcome Gavin and Fiona on their first outing with us.

Viv led our first short (4 mile) walk of the year from St Luke's Church, Sandy Lane, Huntington. It was a beautiful sunny day albeit a bit chilly. We walked along pavements and the canal returning via Caldy Valley Nature Park to the cafe at St Luke's church for lunch.

On 31st Sue F led six of us on a walk of 4 miles around tracks, lanes and fields in Little Budworth country park, followed by refreshments at Tarporley Garden Centre.

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