Aldford - Iron Bridge - River Dee - Aldford Village Tour

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This is a short but most delightful circular walk through a public part of the Duke of Westminster's estate. The Duke owns Aldford and all the land for miles around, the land and buildings are rented out by him and are all distinctively constructed to his designs, and all the farmers are tenants. Not only the buildings, but the numbers and names on the buildings and even the street signs are all to his design and privately crafted. So much so that the general air of the village is reminiscent of the famous Welsh village Portmerion. There's no litter, nothing looks out of place, and the whole village is uncommonly neat and tidy. The walk starts at the Grosvenor Arms, opposite which you can see the old village stocks built into a wall, and in excellent state of preservation. It includes a stroll down part the dukes drive towards his residence at Eaton Hall and standing on his grade I listed iron bridge by Thomas Telford. Here you can enjoy his view along the river Dee before walking along the river bank and back up through the village. By the bridge is his boat house and one of his river craft (photo on the right).

The walk is suitable for all children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, but okay for wheelchairs and buggies but they will need folding to navigate the kissing gates and the short path through the woods is a bit narrow. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. There are bench seats outside the village hall, and toilets and food at the pub at the start and finish. If you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal with a drink at the Duke's freehouse pub; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - River Walk


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Stately Home, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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