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Living Walks

Walks (c) Matthew RobertsWalks (c) Matthew Roberts

Enjoy these self-guided walks within our first Living Landscape in the Gowy & Mersey Washlands - maps and guides are available to download below:

Walks may not be on Cheshire Wildlife Trust land or reserves, but take in our project areas and other public footapths.

Walk 1 - The Grange & Mickleton Farm

A 5.3km (3.3 mile) walk from Mickle Trafford (Chester) starting at St. Peters Church, taking in part of the River Gowy, Trafford Mill and the Nags Head pub through grazing floodplain meadows.

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Look out for: the puffing chimneys of our charcoal burner at The Conservation Volunteers' (TCV) kitchen garden, water voles, kingfishers, little egrets feeding in the river gulleys, traditional hedgelaying.

Walk 2 - Gowy Brockholes & Oakfield Farm

Beginning at the Shady Oak pub in Tiverton, a 5.75km (3.6 mile) walk taking in the Shropshire Union Canal and the River Gowy along with Tollemache Meadows and with views of Beeston and Peckforton Castles.

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Look out for: Dragonflies, damselflies, otters, water voles, longhorn cattle.

Walk 3 - Cotton Farm, Hockenhull Platts nature reserve and Brereton Park Farm

Beginning at the Trust's Hockenhull Platts nature reserve this 9.7km (6 mile) walk takes in the Roman Bridges at Hockenhull, the River Gowy and three farms which are part of our Gowy Connect Living Landscape project.

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Look out for: Dragonflies, farmland birds, butterflies (purple hairstreak at Hockenhull Platts, left), water voles and otters