EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS
MEMBERS of East Cheshire Ramblers recently set off for this nine-mile walk starting from Over Peover.
Clay Lane was followed west before the tracks and paths to enter Great Wood, through which runs the stream called the Peover Eye.
The walk through the wood proved fairly muddy but it was nice to see that, after several months, the ground was showing signs of drying out.
A minor lane was followed to Boots Green and the customary stop for morning coffee, before following field paths mostly parallel to the Peover Eye to reach Lower Peover.
A couple of large picnic benches accommodated most of the group for a picnic lunch by the village school.
It was just a short walk to the nearby historic village church afterwards, where the group visited the interior.
The church contains an historic wooden chest which was moved to the present site in 1269AD.
Not far from the church, a stop was made at Lower Peover’s newest attraction. The Tree of Imagination has a series of miniature furnished rooms cut into an old tree trunk with a little door at the base and is complete with a wooden roof.
After a group photograph, the party pressed on via Sandy Lane to Radbroke Hall then across the parkland to Peover Hall and an afternoon break by the secluded St Lawrence Church, which dates from 1456.
Although Peover Hall was closed, there was a good view from the nearby footpath and the grounds displayed a fine array of daffodils along the drive.
The hall dates from around 1585 and was for several centuries the home of the Mainwaring family.
During World War II the house was requisitioned and used by General George Patton and his staff. The hall was also used as a prisoner of war camp and as a resettlement home for allied prisoners of war and for English people repatriated after the partition of India. It was returned to the Brooks family in 1950, who had owned the hall since 1940.
The 1760s wing was in poor condition and was demolished in 1964, reducing the house in size from 21 to 11 bedrooms. Other modifications were made too, including a new entrance.
A further mile of walking across parkland then along the road led the group back to Over Peover.
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East Cheshire Ramblers pause at the Tree of Imagination in Lower Peover