Eleven enthusiastic walkers turned left, out of the car park of The Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm. Our plan was a circular walk around Arley.
We set off up Heath Lane, going straight on at the cross roads on to Knutsford Road where caution is needed due to no pathway. After approx. 500m we turned right off the road through a field gate, then turning left we followed the edge of the field passing a derelict farm building and keeping a small copse on the left, and carrying on through the farmland with well signed posted directions.
The morning started a bit gloomy but slowly the clouds disappeared and it was a really pleasant walk, lots of chit chat on the way. A small lane took us to Hollies Farm which we skirted on our way. Everywhere around us could be seen, new leaves on the trees and hedges at different levels of growth, the daffodils looked past their best but the primulas where popping up in places taking over. How fortunate we are to see such wonderful things.
After crossing a bridge we followed a track back to Arley were we had a well-earned water break and continued on our way back to the Ice Cream Farm, passing the car parks for Arley Hall and Stockley Farm. The walk took us through a field gate and we followed the track through fields keeping the hedges to our left.
In the first field we had some very friendly horses that came and said hello, I think one horse thought I had some food because when I stopped to look for my phone, it had it head in my bag.
The lovely picture shows these horses. We crossed over Arley Brook then along a concrete track which we followed to Budworth Heath Lane passing through a holly hedge and following the path back to the Start. We all had an excellent lunch at the Ice cream Farm quite a few of us partaking in cake and ice cream.