Great Barrow - Stamford Bridge - Cross Paths - Barrow Mill - Great Barrow

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This soon becomes a countryside footpaths walk having started alongside a busy lane. The route is mainly level and mostly along paths quite well used by dogwalkers. All of the footpaths through fields are along the edges and there are a several plank bridges. However, with only three kissing gates there are ten stiles to climb over so you need to be reasonably agile, but all of the stiles are in good order. Soon after the start of the walk there is an optional choice of route. You can either take the high paths which follow alongside the lane or use the shortcut across a boggy water meadow. Only use this during dry summer months unless you’re wearing wellies, which is why you have a choice of routes. The fields you cross have mixed uses, either in crops or rough meadows with animals and we saw one cow and lots of sheep. There are no play areas, and the only slope is in the last section which has a fairly easy walk up through the village past the Inn. This is a shorter version of walk 8554.

The walk is probably most suitable for older children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. It is excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything stout and flat soled such as strong trainers, but boots will be best. There should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. There is one bench seat, which gives a good view of any walkers venturing across the boggy water meadow. There are no other facilities on your route except at the Inn near the end. If you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal with a drink, an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


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

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