Raby - Thornton Hough - Cherry Farm - Raby

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This circular walk from Raby village is quite delightful before a lunch at the 'Cowshed Restaurant' and will be most enjoyed in summer when there are leaves on the trees. Several new permissive bridle paths have been created, giving off-road routes around White House Farm. Some of these are included in the route for this walk and are not marked on maps at the date of the walk compilation. This is a very affluent district, and you will pass close to Thornton Hough (see photo on right), so you can expect to meet up with horse riders, especially at weekends. There are three other alternative walks of different lengths in this locality 7653, 7653 and 7762.

This walk is suitable for older teenagers and adults of all ages. Dogs will be okay but will need to be on lead for most of the route as it passes through areas of farmland which is divided from paths by simple wire strand fences. It is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Suitable footwear - anything flat soled will be fine, but boots are best in winter or after periods of rain, when sections of the paths are likely to be very boggy. There are no nettles or brambles so no problems with wearing shorts. There are bench seats by Raby public phone box, and these are the only ones on this walk, although a place to sit briefly can be found opposite School Lane and in Quarry Lane. There are no picnic tables. There are refreshments and toilets at the Wheatsheaf Inn where your walk started, and if you time your walk carefully you will also be able to enjoy a good meal there. The 17th century pub is old and dark inside, but the 'Cowshed Restaurant' attached to it is more modern, being a converted oak beamed cattle barn. As it's not big, if you would like to enjoy a home cooked meal there, I would suggest you phone and book in advance of your walk. Tel. 0151 336 3416.

England - North England - Cheshire - Wirral


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland

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