Great Barrow - Stamford Bridge - Tarvin Mill – Park Hall - Great Barrow

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Starting alongside a busy lane, this soon becomes a countryside footpaths walk having a level route along paths quite well used, often by local dogwalkers. All of the footpaths passing through fields are along the edges, and there are a several plank bridges. All of the stiles were in good order, however there are nineteen to climb over and only three kissing gates, so you need to be reasonably agile. Soon after the start of the walk there is an optional choice of route, when 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. Fields have mixed uses, either in crops or rough meadows with animals; we saw lots of sheep and one cow and one pig. There are no play areas, and the only climb is in the last section which has a gentle slope up through the village past the Inn. This is a longer version of walk 8556.

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, but boots will be best. Avoid wearing shorts as there may be one section with nettles. The route was free from brambles but taking some small secateurs may be useful. There is only one bench seat, and this 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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