Tally ho! Here comes the hunt

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

WITH STEVE HULL

A RE­CENT walk by East Cheshire Ram­blers along the Baker Way from Ch­ester to De­lamere For­est was some­what out of our usual walk­ing ter­ri­tory but pro­vided a change from bash­ing through bogs and up peaks.

Since this was a lin­ear walk, we started out by tak­ing the train from De­lamere to Ch­ester.

Af­ter a cold wait on the plat­form, when we fi­nally ar­rived at Ch­ester Sta­tion it was good to get walk­ing at a rapid pace along the Shrop­shire Union canal which runs close by.

First point of in­ter­est was the old shot tower on the op­po­site bank of the canal which pro­vides a good route through the City’s ur­ban fringes. Af­ter a cou­ple of miles we were walk­ing through arable fields to a wel­come coffee stop near Christle­ton.

An un­usual in­ci­dent on the next part of the walk was an en­counter at pic­turesque Hock­en­hull Platts with a hunt whose mem­bers were mostly smartly turned out in their red and black liv­ery.

The foot­path is quite nar­row at this point and it was in­deed for­tu­nate that all the horses were very well be­haved - de­spite hav­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the steep cob­bled bridge.

We car­ried on to a lunch stop in the church­yard at Tarvin be­fore walk­ing across arable fields and through the ground of Peel Hall to by-pass Ash­ton vil­lage cen­tre.

Walk­ing along quiet coun­try roads, the route brought us back into De­lamere For­est at Brine’s Brow pic­nic area and then led us through the for­est back to the sta­tion where the old build­ings have been con­verted into a café, which was very wel­come.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to ram­blerseast cher­shire.org.uk

●» The walk­ers make way for the hunt at Hock­en­hull Platts

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