Range Walking Club
Thursday 28th December 1995-Christmas walk-Cheshire-Northwich

When Dave Luty suggested this walk near Northwich, the thought of an industrial background did not inspire uncontrollable glee. However, the 'reccy' has revealed a very pleasant walk indeed - just the right one to walk off the Christmas excesses, with a cosy hostel to put them back on again!
The walk starts (and hopefully ends) at the Marbury Country Park (G.R 36523765) in the car park NOT the nursery half a mile south of Comberbach (toilets available). We leave the Park and, crossing pastureland, skirt the north of Budworth Mere and head to Great Budworth, a gem of a village. We continue generally south-westerly to Pick Mere and then into Wincham. A mile or so along the road takes us to the Trent and Mersey Canal and lunch at "The Salt Barge" (it's on terra ferma). When members have had enough of that, and hopefully before dark, we stagger back onto the towpath (very good conditions) which we follow for nearly 2 miles. This is a rewarding part of the walk. The rural views are typically "Cheshire" and the "glimpse" of an industrial landscape includes the Anderton Lift, an outstanding piece of our heritage which, it is hoped, the lottery people hear about and give the money to restore it. Watch out for the kingfisher on the canal. From Anderton we head across fields back to our cars. Boots are essential.

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: negligible
Travel Hints
40 miles and 75-90 minutes away. Directions from Runcorn Bridge are - take the A533 (Northwich). After crossing the A49 at Dones Green (approx 10 miles from Runcorn) turn first left to Comberbach. In Comberbach turn right at the Methodist Church and then right again 50 metres on. The Country Park is on the left off this road (NB DON'T go into the Nursery). Please meet at 9.30 am.