Hills sculpt dra­matic feast for walk­ers’ eyes

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

Mar­ion Duff

An idyl­lic vil­lage of flower-filled gar­dens tucked in at the foot of The Ber­wyn Hills is where we re­cently be­gan a mod­er­ate eight-mile walk led by Jo and Chris Wood.

We parked at the 16th cen­tury West Arms, run by a friendly Cheshire cou­ple, and saw a red kite cruis­ing peace­fully in the warm air above us be­fore en­ter­ing a wellestab­lished wood­land with only the gen­tle sound of birds. At the en­trance to the wood we read about the 1923 protest against flood­ing the val­ley be­fore con­tin­u­ing through pheas­ant habi­tat and ascending to a higher level, where the sur­round­ing views sculpted a feast for our eyes. Here na­ture had blended the fields, hills, trees and shal­low river neatly into a har­mo­nious and beau­ti­ful set­ting. Hills merged as far as we could see in ev­ery di­rec­tion, while in the val­ley be­low trees and lit­tle glimpses of iso­lated houses peeped through the tree tops, re­mind­ing us that along with many sheep, peo­ple also lived here.

The walk then passed along the Up­per Ceiriog Way ac­com­pa­nied by the oc­ca­sional ap­pear­ance of a gusty wind that played hide and seek with us un­til we be­gan to de­scend, with views of the cur­va­ceous Ber­wyn hills on our right and the bluer Shrop­shire hills to our left.

Well-rooted in the peace­ful fields down be­low us was a soli­tary farm, where we stopped for a few min­utes to chat with the 77-year-old farmer be­fore mak­ing our way back through the nearby ham­let to our cars.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on other idyl­lic walks by East Cheshire Ram­blers, go to the web­site ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk.

●● The beau­ti­ful Ber­wyns and, inset, a red kite

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