Chester and Cheshire

This last week we have definitely moved region, heard the scouse accent lots of times and begin to feel we are in the North of

Part of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge
Part of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge
England. Our route through much of Cheshire has been along the Sandstone Trail. Cheshire is divided into east and west by a sandstone ridge. A trail along that ridge has been formed which runs for 34 miles from Whitchurch to Frodsham. The first third of the trail is fields leading up to the ridge, but the rest provides some magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. One high point is the peak of Old Pale. This is in the Delamere Forest. It has a modern stone circle denoting which counties can be seen from this
the top of Old Pale
the top of Old Pale
high point and how far away they are. Cheshire is given pride of place in the centre with the biggest stone – but the counties listed are Lancashire (9 miles) Yorkshire (40 miles) Derbyshire (28 miles) Staffs (17 miles) Shropshire (15 miles) Denbighshire (11 miles) Flintshire (10 miles). It was very exhilarating walking along with the Clwyddian hills and the Snowdon range on our left and the Pennine range on our left. The Dee estuary was prominent. Near the end of the walk, just above Frodsham is a wonderful view over the Mersey estuary – depicting all the industrial regions as well as the great expanse of estuary and countryside. Both Liverpool’s cathedrals were clearly visible. The path leading up to the view was also dramatic, weaving around great Old Red Sandstone outcrops.
Catchy Advertising
Catchy Advertising
In contrast to the ridge walking, we have also enjoyed the city of Chester. One of the street advertising boards drew in people laughing at the humour. Last Sunday, Wesley
Wesley Methodist church
Wesley Methodist church
Methodist church gave us a great welcome. We had time to talk to their young people’s group during the service, they really seemed to take on board just how difficult things can be for women in some parts of the world. Hello there to Mark, Andrew, Vicky, Luke, Rebecca, Catherine and Mikey. Thank you for your support for us.
Chester cathedral
Chester cathedral
Later in the week, Chester cathedral Evensong was our port of call with a visiting choir composed of Ruthin St Peter’s church and Dover Community church (the choir school having closed for the holidays). Thank you Edward, Canon Chris, Mary and Canon Peter and (who led the service) for your welcome and prayers – and to Chris and Barbara Humphries, who gave us great hospitality after the service.
Hello to Jean, the Triathlete looking very fit; to the United Utilities walking group; Irene (Christian Aid organiser) met in the Spar shop in Tarporley; to Gill and Hugo met near Fisher’s Green; the Wirral Ramblers on the Sandstone trail; Callum, Mikey and Grandad (not forgetting Rowley the dog); Mandy and Derek from Chester (hope we encouraged you to get long distance walking); the group from Whitchurch and Macclesfield; Ian from Frodsham who directed us most helpfully. Hi to Clifford (on holiday on a narrow boat); Janet and Tony (who offered us a lift – which we declined!); Irene from All Saints church Daresbury; Peter in the Ring o’Bells at Daresbury; Katy, Harriet and Lillian by the Bridgewater canal; Maura and Jim also by the canal; John at Stockton Heath; Elizabeth near Thelwall; Jonathon near Lymm training for the Mountain Marathon and Christine at the Warrington Interchange.
This week’s statistics
Amount raised so far Online £665 Offline £1728.55 Total £2393.55
Miles walked this week 45.5 so far 440.5
Kissing gates 56
Trig points 1
This week’s Scrabble Scores Nancy 0 John 3
Cheshire cheese 300 g

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