Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Friday 5 June 2015 – Buttercups in Deepest Cheshire

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This was the first of four ‘Deepest Cheshire’ evening walks organised by Andrew.

Six of us turned up early, intending to enjoy a pre-walk tipple at Sam Smith’s Olde Park Gate Inn. It’s not the first time that our planned rendezvous in Deepest Cheshire has proved to be drier than expected!

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There was a minor conflab re our route, but I’m sure Andrew had it planned to a high degree of precision.

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This is the map they were looking at….

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We were soon strolling along the good path by Foxfield Wood, on a lovely sunny evening.

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Jodrell Bank rose above the flat landscape, as on many most of Andrew’s excursions into Deepest Cheshire.

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One of Cheshire’s principal crops just now appears to be Buttercups.

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The light was starting to fade as we crossed a footbridge over the Peover Eye that eventually runs into the River Weaver.

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Towards the end of our walk we passed the locked gates of the private mansion that is Peover Hall.

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Lengthening shadows heralded a cloudless sunset.

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The Whipping Stocks (a hostelry) was beckoning, hence the blurred figures in the evening light, with the hall in shade behind us.

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Here’s our 8 km (5 miles) route, all on good paths and quiet lanes, taking well under two hours.

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Well, that was a good way to spend an evening. Unfortunately I can’t get to the next three walks on Andrew’s programme, but he and Sue will be there to well anyone who cares to join them. Details are below:

Thursday 25 June
Deepest Cheshire (2) - starting at 7.30pm from the Bird in Hand, Knolls Green, Mobberley (SJ 803 795).

Thursday 16 July
Deepest Cheshire (3) - starting at 7.30pm from the Crown Inn, Main Road, Goostrey. (The one furthest from the Church, SJ 778 700.)

Thursday 30 July
Deepest Cheshire (4) - starting at 7.30pm from the Egerton Arms, Chelford (SJ 807 752).

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