OCTOBER WALK around Stockton Heath and Walton

When you drive through Stockton Heath and Walton, there is so much you don’t see. Jean W was in charge today and had organised us a walk on paths and trails just off the busy main roads. The weather was perfect, following the previous day’s storms… Whitley WI attract good weather.

Leaving the Forge Car Park, we headed along the Trans Pennine Trail stopping to admire the canal-side houses along the Manchester Ship Canal, as well as an ancient lock with plans to be renovated.

From here the trail took us towards Walton where we had one of the best coffee and cake stops ever at Walton Lea Walled Garden. Here, under guidance, disabled people grow plants, make bird boxes, arrange flowers, recycle furniture and bicycles. It was a haven of very interesting artefacts and objects… NOTE go back there to do some Christmas Shopping.

 

Jean found a good viewing place to show us where the new Warrington Bypass will be built.
Heading back, along the edge of Warrington Sports Club, we entered Walton Gardens, finally getting on to the Bridgwater Canal tow-path at Hough Bridge.

Chris found her very own personal number plate on a parked tractor.
We are a nosey group, enjoying looking at the interesting houses and gardens along Birchdale Rd then back to the car park… and having eaten too much cake, we couldn’t manage any lunch!


Many thanks go to Jean W for her organisation and snippets of interesting knowledge along the way…something you wouldn’t realise, and views you wouldn’t see if you were driving.

Photo shows: Ann O’B , Jenny, Annette, Jean L, Jean W, Chris, Yvonne, and Ann C.  Pat took the photo!

 

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