Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - COLIN PARK

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit ram­blerseast cheshire.org.uk.

East Cheshire Ram­blers pause at the Tree of Imag­i­na­tion in Lower Peover

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