Tarvin - Ashton Hayes - Great Barrow - Park Hall - Tarvin

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This circular walk incorporates sections of two well used long distance paths, and two little used connecting paths that are also quite easy to use. Most of them cross farmland that was either in crops or grazing for cattle. Neither should be any problem for walkers as in most cases the footpath is fenced off from the animals; some fencing may be flimsy so dogs will need to be on the lead at times. The best feature of this walk is probably the flatness and openness of the countryside as it's possible to see pleasant views for long distances in most directions for much of the route. In addition to cattle, you can expect to see horses, sheep, pigs and even some alpacas; and if you're lucky, wild animals such as squirrels and rabbits. There is a mixture of plank bridges, kissing gates, latched gates, stiles, paths and tracks; most of them in good order (see photo on the right).

The walk is probably suitable for most children, senior citizens and anyone in-between, but some meadows may be too bumpy and rough for very small children. You will need to be reasonably agile as there are 22 stiles to climb over. The walk 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 few problems for anyone wearing shorts except close to the end of the route where the path goes through a short section of low nettles. Unfortunately, there are no facilities of any sort on this walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, Wildlife

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