Tarvin - Packhorse Bridge - River Gowy - Ford Farm - Old Moss - Tarvin

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Save Our Footpaths - get off the beaten track, this circular walk includes footpaths close to Chester which are not often used. However, it starts along part of the Baker Way long distance trail which is popular and very well used. Particularly this section as it features the 18th century packhorse bridges over the river Gowy and wetlands alongside it, (photo on the right). Approach them down a long and very pretty enclosed section of the path through woodland with a very wide variety of trees shrubs and wild flowers. The footpaths get progressively less well used as the walk proceeds, culminating in a path near the end that gets very little use and has old worn or even one collapsed stile you can stride over. Otherwise there is quite a good selection of stiles, wooden kissing gates and footbridges. On the whole the route is easy walking and quite level. You will pass a re-built working water mill on the Gowy which is not marked on the map, and sells stoneground flour and refreshments.

The walk is probably most suitable for older children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs & buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled will but boots will be best due to the distance, and there should be few problems for anyone wearing shorts. On your route there are picnic tables at the water mill and you will pass the odd bench seat in unexpected places; there are no other facilities. In winter or if there has recently been heavy rain the paths by the river could be muddy and swampy so boots would be then be more important.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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