Walking and visits

Having spent two years living in Aberdovey, bang-splat in the middle of the Welsh coastline, I had become very accustomed to walking for hours in the glorious hills and valleys, along a constantly shifting estuary, and the stunning beaches.  The contrast between the hilly Welsh coastline and West Cheshire is dramatic.  West Cheshire is flat. It is very, very flat. Looking to the east, Beeston crag rises dramatically out of the plain, a nearly constant landmark.  To the west the Welsh foothills are frequently visible.  Between the two, there is a sense that an angry giant ran over the landscape with a huge turf roller, flattening any feature that had the temerity to poke its head above the parapet.

I wasn’t sure that I would get the knack of all this flatness, and how to point a camera at something so thoroughly horizontal.  In spite of the initial and erroneous sense of emptiness engendered by the distant horizons, the immediate landscape is rich, varied and there is plenty to see.

There is also north Wales on the doorstep with all its hilly scenery, the Dee valley and the Llangollen canal.  As well as plenty of countryside footpaths, there are  formal gardens to visit at places like Erddig, Chirk and Ness, the ruined castles in England and Wales, and, of course the nearby heritage of Chester.  Chester offers the opportunity some great rambles in town, along the Chester walls and for miles along the canals.  Further afield, the opportunity for day trips is probably unparalleled with easy access to Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Telford and their wider environs, as well as national properties and their gardens at places like Powys Castle, Bodnant Gardens, Little Moreton Hall and Biddulph Grange.

In the right hand margin of the blog/home page, you will find a category entitled Walks Suitable for Unwilling Legs, which gives a verdict on any walk that I think will be suitable based for anyone with uncooperative legs, such as those using a walking stick, or needing frequent bench stops.  This is based on my father’s experiences dealing with arthritis, as he was on most of those walks with me.

A multi-faceted walk across the fields from Churton towards Aldford (April 2021)

Following the footpaths from Churton to Aldford village shop (April 2021)

A touch of Rome just east of Churton – walking the Roman road (April 2021)

A lengthy walk from Churton along the river Dee to the fabulous Eaton Hall iron bridge at Aldford (April 2021)

A short walk from the Aldford / Eaton Hall iron bridge towards Chester (April 2021)

The wildflower field at the Barnston memorial monument, Farndon (June 2021)

Who was Bishop Bennet and why do we walk the Bishop Bennet Way? (July 2021)

A lovely walk through the fields  – part 1, from Churton to Farndon (July 2021)
A lovely walk through the fields – part 2, return leg from Farndon to Churton (July 2021)

A visit to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen – Thomas Telford’s 1805 iron trough 126ft over the Dee (November 2021)

A short walk along the river Dee at Holt, taking in Holt Castle (January 2022)

A visit to Chirk Castle for the snowdrops and daffodils (March 2022)

A stroll through nature reserve Marford Quarry, source of the Mersey Tunnel cement, at Marford near Rossett on a cold but sunny day (April 2022)

Day trip:  The famous Bodnant Gardens near Conwy, looking fabulous in mid May 2022

A walk from Thomas Telford’s Horseshoe Falls to the outskirts of Llangollen along the towpath (May 2022)

 

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