6 of us met at the cafe (closed for bank holiday) and set off towards Ince, and the Marsh track - there has been much excitement over recent weeks with the opening of a new cycle route across the Dee Marshes, linking the Greenway to Burton Point. But another track I have not done in years and wanted to re-visit was the Ince Helsby marshes, which you can see from the M56 as you pass Helsby and Frodsham.
|heading out of Ince, Mersey in the distance|
Dropping down from Ince, you get a peek of the Mersey before coming to a farm - and a big black dog on the skyline. Fortunately it was a friendly and bouncy black Labrador, who happily bounded along (beside me mainly!) as we yet again missed the turning and ended up in a dead end consulting Jo's Garmin (mine was being temperamental). Back little way (still with waggy dog) to the last junction (clearly signposted Route 5!) and along there, following a Heron and alongside a small stream, on a track aptly named Marsh Lane.
|One waggy black Lab!|
It was interesting to be back on Route 5, as we negotiated several junctions but well signposted. We passed some model plane enthusiasts, flying several aeroplanes over our heads, and enjoyed great views across to Helsby and Frodsham hills. The track was dry, and rough - but sound and obviously traffic free.
(The following pics are our journey across the marsh - click on an image to see all pictures in a slide show)
|small cows, crammed into one end of the field?!|
|glimpse of Helsby hill|
We found a nice cafe in Frodsham, following which we had a splitting of the ways, with three heading home. Sue, Pauline and I continued up out of Frodsham on the B-road, finally enjoying views across Vale Royal, with the Daresbury science tower to our left. At Kingsley we turned off the main road and had a superb descent before turning again to smaller lanes and eventually coming out by the Dutton Viaduct.
We then picked up the (aforementioned) Cheshire Cycleway with another descent to Acton Bridge on the A49, which we had to cross to head up to Little Leigh.
|Little Leigh Church|
|Interior of St.Michael's and All Angels|
In Little Leigh the church was open to visitors, so we popped in and said hello, they have beautiful stained glass windows, and are open every Saturday. From here we carried on round to Comberbach, and the Anderton Boat lift, stopping for lunch at the marina. By now it was 3pm, but I had not been watching the time, we had been dollying along, stopping for pictures and having a nice relaxed time.
|Lunch at Anderton Marina|
|Anderton Boat Lift|
|Wild Garlic in Marbury Country park|
After lunch we retraced and entered Marbury Country park, following another traffic free route with wild garlic and bluebells in the woods and alongside the track.
|Viaduct at Northwich|
|Coming into Eaton|
|Canal at Waverton|
So we continued on the lanes to Winsford, skirting the town on another riverside path and climbing up to lanes now leading us home through Wettenhall and Eaton.