Words of Wisdom above a door at Eaton, presumably it was originally the manse.
Follow the leader, I thought it only applied to Sheep and I can't remember the last time walkers did!
Our lunch spot at Utkinton.
Distant views of Beeston and Peckforton.
This is one Shrew that won't complete the Sandstone Trail.
Looking South towards Beeston Castle from the Sandstone Trail, just before leaving it to head for Tarporley.
Our first encounter with a field of Maize, but at least there was a clear path through it.
Approaching St. Helen's Church, Tarporley, but not towards the main entrance.
The ornate preaching cross in the grounds of St. Helen's Church Tarporley?
Walk stats: Distance: 10.1 miles. Climb: 651'.
Time: 5 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Wendy and Paul.
This proved to be a lovely day for walking, feeling much warmer than the forecast and the cool wind didn't really materialise.
As usual we didn't find the way across the Tarporley golf course easy, but it would have helped had we read the route description a little more carefully. In any case a friendly golfer put us right.
Conditions under foot were good, even those places that at other times of the year had very obviously been very muddy.
Lunch was taken at Utkinton where we took advantage of two benches, one in the Sun and the other in shade, but both needing care to ensure that your head wasn't "tickled" by the Holly bushes behind!
As we approached the Sandstone Trail our first views of Beeston Castle and was soon to be a good reminder that we were heading in the right direction.
Everyone at some point sampled the occasional Blackberry, finding them ripe and sweet to taste.
We arrived back at the car park, just after three, knowing that we had been on a good walk and ready for that refreshing drink in the Rising Sun, Tarporley. In this case a pint of Wizard.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, European robin, Mallard, Chaffinch, Coot, Moorhen, Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Winter wren, Eurasian jay and Common buzzard.
In future I must remember that this walk is best completed at this time of the year, and not in wet Winter months.