The heat was on when seven members of Whitley WI set off, on what proved to be one of the hottest days of the year, for their September walk.
Leaving Hartford Hall for a circular walk taking in the River Weaver, they took two right turns along School Lane eventually entering Stones Manor Lane.
Here they followed the sign for Marshall ‘s Arm Nature Reserve, situated in valley which is a classic example of a water-worn valley, known locally as a ‘clough’.
Winding their way through a wooded area up and down the well-maintained paths, occasionally passing over narrow wooden bridges, they eventually reached the path alongside the River Weaver.
This path took them to the locally named ‘Blue Bridge’ which is a fine example of 1930’s road bridge with characteristic truncated stepped ‘pyramids’ at each end.
They crossed the bridge to get to the other side of the river turning left on to another path to walk 1/2 mile down river to Vale Royal Locks, where a narrow boat was slowly going through the locks. Sadly time was too short to watch the whole procedure.
Their route also passed beneath the Vale Royal railway viaduct built by Joseph Locke and George Stephenson for the Grand Junction Railway in 1837.… YES, Lots of history along the way.
Arriving back at Hartford Hall, hot and tired walkers were reunited with member Joan who had returned early to sketch a picture of the Hall. A thirst quencher and tasty lunch combined with lots of chatter in the lovely garden setting was an enjoyable way to relax on this beautiful day.
THANKS GO TO LEADER ANN. WHITLEY WI’s WALKING GROUP COULDNT MANAGE WITH OUT YOU, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR NEXT WALK.