A saintly way be­tween sta­tions

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - COLIN PARK

PUB­LIC trans­port was used by the East Cheshire Ram­blers to get to Stone in Stafford­shire for a walk along a sec­tion of the newly cre­ated Two Saints Way back to Stoke-onTrent.

The Two Saints Way was cre­ated in 2012 and is way-marked path which runs be­tween Ch­ester and Lich­field.

The group set off along­side a short sec­tion of the Trent and Mersey Canal tow­path to reach Meaford Locks be­fore head­ing to­wards Tit­ten­sor Chase, pass­ing on the way the an­cient An­glo Saxon set­tle­ment of Wul­here­ces­tre, which for a while was the an­cient cap­i­tal of Mer­cia.

Nearby stands a green rounded hill called Saxon’s Lowe which is thought to pre-date Saxon times de­spite its name.

Af­ter a morn­ing break in the churchyard of Tit­ten­sor, the group en­tered Tren­tham Es­tate where there is a net­work of trails.

A short wooded as­cent was made to reach the large statue of the first Duke of Suther­land Ge­orge Granville, which was erected in 1834 and over­looks Tren­tham Gar­dens.

Paths were next fol­lowed to the west of the Mon­key For­est and con­tin­ued through the an­cient Kings Wood.

A hilly sec­tion of the walk fol­lowed along Kingswood Bank where there were some good views.

A shel­tered spot in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church at Tren­tham was the lunch stop and here there are the re­mains of an an­cient cross base and prayer stone.

The present day Vic­to­rian church stands on a re­li­gious site dat­ing back to the sev­enth cen­tury.

Press­ing on to re-join the Trent and Mersey Canal tow­path to­wards Stoke-on-Trent, a di­ver­sion was made at the end of the walk to visit Stoke Min­ster which was up­graded to min­ster sta­tus as re­cently as 2005. In the churchyard is the grave to Josiah Wedg­wood and the shaft of a Saxon cross.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week walks go to ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk

The Duke of Suther­land statue which over­looks Tren­tham Gar­dens

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