Buchaille Etive MorAs many in Holmes Chapel Methodist Church will know, Brian and I enjoy walking and have for many years walked with our friends Robert and Shirley. Often in recent years we have had a project of a long-distance path. The West Highland Way which follows Loch Lomond and continues up to Fort William is a favourite.

We are members of Congleton‘s U3A Thursday Walkers but sadly have not felt able to join them this last year. At first it seemed that our wings had been clipped but what a joy it has been to discover what is around us, often setting off from our doorstep, and how thankful we have been that we live in such a beautiful area. We have found footpaths we didn’t know existed and watched the delights of the changing seasons. Through fields freshly fertilised (farmyard aromas at their most pungent), young crops shooting up, maize reaching above our heads and the stubble of harvested wheat, we’ve witnessed the growing cycle.

A recent walk took us from Tree SurgeryBrereton, through the arch on the lane to the parish church. A small group were assembled outside the church and, maintaining our distance, we hovered to see what was going on. A huge tree was having at least some of its branches taken down, before being felled with the help of a crane and the skilled tree surgeons. It was worth a stop to witness this operation. What a head for heights they must have! Then on to Brereton and what a delight to view the water on a sunlit morning.

Brereton WaterWalking in Winter after such a wet Autumn is challenging, especially if you can’t face being up to your ankles in mud, and so we seek out firmer routes. Brereton is one of these, and from Swettenham to Brereton following the lane and bridleway.

 

 

Another favourite winter Great Budworth Merewalk is from the Witton Mill Car Park to Carey Park in Northwich, where numerous paths take you around. The Anderton boat lift can be reached and a little further on you enter Marbury Country Park and Great Budworth Mere. Walking back along the River Weaver is so picturesque even as you look behind where salt works rise like giant sculptures.

 

Holmes Chapel Village WalkThe snowy days in January created their own beauty and this photo was taken looking across the road from Aldi on a round-the-village walk. How can we fail to be appreciative of His creation?

[Christine Donlon]