Duddon Heath - Hargrave - Duddon Heath

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The mediaeval bridges in this walk (sometimes mistaken for Roman bridges) were originally used as pack-horse bridges over the River Gowy. In medieval times this was the main road from Chester to Litchfield. In the 1770s a new main road, a turnpike, was built along another route.

Back in the days when goods were transported up and down the country in packs on ponies, this was part of an old pack-horse track across the river and the marshy ground surrounding it. Today the river only runs through the central bridge, one of the others crosses a small pond and the other some marshy ground. Only when the Gowy floods, which it does in most winters, do all the bridges cross the river now.
The walk is not suitable for dogs.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, River, Wildlife
11/05/2010 - Jim Carr

Two of us did this walk today for the third time in about twelve months. Each time we've encountered problems with cattle between waypoints 20 and 22. We had to turn back today and find an alternative route. Jim Carr

06/05/2008 - Kathy Schofield

This is a lovely walk once the start had been found ! The direction about turning from the TARVIN route just before Duddon village is misleading as the turning is just after the roundabout, a friend who knew the area pointed me in the right direction not the downloaded walk unfortunately. Kathy Schofield

04/06/2007 - Jim SHIELDS

Completed this walk on 02/06/2007 a good walk apart from points 5-9 being unclear and 12-13 & 22-23 being very overgrown. It looks as though this walk is not very well used. Jim SHIELDS

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