Saighton - Salmons Bridge - Hatton Heath - Saighton

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Save Our Footpaths - get off the beaten track, this circular and fairly flat walk is mainly along footpaths close to Chester which are not often used which gives the walk its moderate grade. It's a route for the serious walker as there are no scenic features or places of special interest. The paths are alongside or across fields of crops, or meadows which may have cows. If you have one, take a walking stick to fend them off. Most of the footpaths are invisible so if you are crossing a field of crops very careful navigation is needed; hence there are numerous waypoints to help you. There is a mixture of stiles and gates and most of them are in good order although vegetation needs severe pruning in several places and one bridge over a ditch is missing. The route is mainly quite rural so if you're looking for peace and quiet this will be a good choice; the only intrusions being a very busy railway line and a short section along a main road. You are not likely to meet any other walkers, except perhaps an odd WalkingWorld member - also testing him/herself on this route. Avoid this walk in autumn and winter when fields may be soggy and at least one footpath very muddy. Also, some fields may have been ploughed to make the walk a real slog. This walk includes instructions for walkers from moored canal boats.

The walk is probably most suitable for older teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Fair for dogs, although some stiles are not dog friendly, and hopeless for wheelchairs and buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled such as strong trainers or stout shoes, but boots will be best, especially in winter. Avoid wearing shorts as there are lots of nettles, thistles and brambles to do battle with and taking some small secateurs would be very useful. On your route there are no refreshments, picnic tables, bench seats, shops or other facilities. Except for a toilet in Waverton church (see photo on the right), which is normally open, and the loo was available when I paid a visit.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


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

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