Storm clouds were gathering, but eight members of Whitley WI found themselves on top of the world (or should I say on top of Runcorn Hill) for their festive December walk.
Runcorn Hill Park and Nature Reserve had originally been a sandstone quarry, producing stone for building works as far apart as Liverpool Cathedral and New York Harbour.
Woodland walks, with a network of footpaths and bridle ways, as well as North Cheshire’s largest surviving stretch of heathland welcomed us.
Modern industry interrupted the view of the River Mersey, but from high up lots could be seen.
Historical significance was apparent with many artefacts along the way. These Wagons (or bogies) were used to transport quarried sandstone to Weston Docks where it was loaded on to ships for exportation….
On WI Walks we learn a lot!
So the wind blew, the rain stayed off and our hardy walkers appreciated the warmth, hot coffee and exceptionally good food at Esposito’s Deli, not to mention the company, chatter and support of each other.
Our 2019 walks have come to the end… Thanks to Ann our dedicated leader, we go to great places and look forward to all our walking adventures in 2020.