Six enthusiastic walkers started the walk which was abandoned due to heavy rain two months ago.
Hartford-Hunts Locks to Vale Royal Lock. The weather forecast was hopeful with the rain expected after lunch.
We commenced our walk down Stones Manor Lane passing the last house on the right and following a sign post to Marshalls Arm. It is a beautiful wooded valley, part of the Marshalls Arm Local Nature Reserve, which is very popular for dog walkers and joggers. The paths are very well kept, with steps and small bridges where needed, such a lovely area at all times of the year. On reaching the bottom of the wood we turned left with the river on the right. Shortly after that we decided to stop for our accustomed photo shoot… photo shows: Susan, Jean, Rita, Eleanor and Annette
Continuing along the path after passing wrought iron gates we turned left onto Saxon Lane and almost immediately on the right a cycle stile appears, we follow the path towards Hunts Locks. Crossing the Locks we head for a path heading away from the river on the right just past the Lock Keepers Hut then over the Riversdale swing bridge turning right along the riverside path to the Blue Bridge.
At the start of the walk we had fully intended to go to the Vale Royal Locks but instead took the left hand path before the Blue Bridge up to the road and turned right onto the path alongside the dual carriage way back up to School Lane, where we finished at the start of the walk.
We had a lovely lunch at the Relish Cafe and finally just got back into the car before the heavy rain came. All said how very pleased we were that we had beaten the weather this time!
Ann O’B…. Whitley WI, walks leader. (Shown in pictire with Jean )
NOTE: THE SEPTEMBER WALK WILL BE WEDNESDAY 13th September due to an important bowls match on our usual walking day.