|Click on images for better resolution and access to slideshow|
Paul S joined me for this Friday morning stroll in what proved to be rather unremarkable Cheshire countryside. It’s not far from home to the Swan at Winwick, where we started our walk from the pub car park next to St Oswald’s church, pictured later above.
A dew laden field path led to a footbridge over the M62 near Peel Hall, pictured below. The Georgian house appears to be the subject of a planning application that might see the site ‘redeveloped’.
“No chance of finding Lapwings here…” I offered. Moments later a flock of Lapwings wheeled its way over the field, cautiously avoiding the buzzard that was sitting on a fence post.
There’s a dog walker in the above picture – the only person we saw for the first 7 km of our walk.
Houghton Green Pool appears to be situated in a big hole in the ground, presumably arising from past quarrying. It’s a bird reserve. We saw crows. I made a note to enter my picture of the pool in a photographic competition.
Well, perhaps not!
It was noisy next to the motorway, then we returned to Winwick via Hermitage Green, encountering a large group on what I imagine was a guided walk for the navigationally challenged.
By the time we got back to St Oswald’s the fog had dissipated on what had become a lovely spring day. Sadly we couldn’t get into the church, which dates from 1358, when it was built on the site of an earlier church that is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Here’s the route we took – nearly 9 km, with minimal ascent, taking a couple of hours.
Next week’s Friday morning walk is a little longer, and hopefully a tad more interesting:
Friday 5 April
Around Kelsall. Meet at the Boot Inn (SJ 531 672), in Boothsdale at 10 am for a 14 km walk in Sandstone Trail country. A556 past Northwich, turning into Kelsall soon after the A54 joins from the left. Go down Chester Road, then Willington Lane, from where the pub should be signposted.