Susan flew in from JFK yesterday to join us on the latest of Andrew’s ‘Deepest Cheshire’ walks, starting from a one-stop hostelry that provided copious Cava. Thank you Andrew and Rosemary, that certainly got us off to a good start.
The walk took us around Lower Withington, through some woodland, up a three metre hill, and across some fields.
The pathways through the crops were a little cramped, but no significant difficulties were encountered.
The above and below pictures are courtesy of Jenny’s
crap camera wonderful photography, the lower one showing how close to Jodrell Bank’s radio telescope we were.
We passed a few buildings. One with PVC windows replacing the original sash windows seemed particularly upsetting to Andrew.
The old farm building pictured below claims to date from 1658, when a diarist may have recorded the following events:
- 4 February – Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Second Protectorate Parliament.
- April – first stage coach services advertised; 4-day trips from London to Exeter, York, and Chester.
- 14 June – Anglo-Spanish War: A French and English army defeats the Spanish the Battle of the Dunes.
- 30 August – hurricane storms in southern England; the worst for centuries. [What’s new!]
- 3 September – Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector on the death of his father Oliver.
- Tea first arrives in England, exported from China via Holland.
That building has certainly lived through a lot of world events…
Here’s our route, assiduously planned by Andrew and equally assiduously recorded by Graham. It was a shade under 8 km, with about 40 metres ascent, taking rather less than 2 hours.
More Cava and crisps awaited at the end (at now a ‘two-stop hostelry’), before we stumbled off home. Rosemary probably headed the stumblers as she had been left alone with opened bottles of Cava for two hours. We hope she made it.
The next walk takes place whilst Sue and I are abroad, but Andrew assures me that it is ‘unmissable’ and he is expecting a huge turnout. I wonder whether anyone will have time to send me a report? Here’s the flier:
Thursday 13 July
7.30pm from parking area near Redesmere Lake, Redesmere Lane, Siddington (SJ 849 713). 5-6 miles, adjourning to the Blacksmiths Arms in Henbury (SJ 878 736).