Aldford - Lea Hall Farm - Grange Fox Covert - Aldford

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Save Our Footpaths - get off the beaten track, this circular walk is along footpaths close to Chester which are not often used. However, some have been clearly and thoughtfully marked through fields of crops by farmers using weed killer, so on these you can't go wrong. Others have not and will need skilled navigation, in particular a moderate section through difficult undergrowth in a jungle wood which is more for the adventurous hiker with a compass; (but others can walk round it). Most of the fields contain crops or long grass and the ground is very uneven making the going strenuous. There are yellow arrow pointers on all the stiles and at junctions; however, arrows are missing on some, and in the wood there are arrowed paths not marked on the map. There are no gates, only stiles and occasionally gaps through hedges and fences, and the first stile has the tall balancing post missing - but most of the others are in reasonable order. On the more positive side you may not meet many other walkers and the long and grassy tracks on the return route make for pleasant walking. If you want a walk two miles longer, with more attractions and a big river, add walk 8592 which continues from the end of this walk. (The photo right, is Aldford Brook on the outskirts of the village).

This walk is probably most suitable for older teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Okay for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled and stout, but boots will certainly be best - especially after wet weather. Take a compass for navigating through the wood and avoid wearing shorts as you are likely to encounter nettles and thistles. Taking some small secateurs to clear hawthorn from some stiles would be very useful. Unfortunately, on your route there are no refreshments or toilets except at the pub at the start and finish where there are also bench seats and picnic tables. On a brighter note, if you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal here with a drink; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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