Rail Carders Trip to Frodsham





Walk: Woodhouse Hill, Newton, Fivecrosses, Hatley Farm, Belleair, Weaver Navigation, Newtown and Frodsham
Start Point: Frodsham Railway Station Grid Reference:  
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Warm but overcast with a couple of rain showers
Comments: It was suggested that the Senior Rail Carders ventured south of Preston for a change and for £7.00 return on the train they arrived at Frodsham at 10.40pm after a 45 minute journey. Leaving the main street they used part of the Sandstone Trail, passing St Laurence’s Church, to climb through a wooded area up to one hundred metres above sea level. On the way up glimpses of the River Mersey could be seen through the trees and advancing rain. On reaching the highest point of the tree covered escarpment the “carders” followed its edge to pass a hotel and later the site of a fort at Woodhouse Hill before turning east and into open countryside. Using green lanes and minor roads the “carders” arrived at Crow Mere to take in sustenance before continuing to Fivecrosses. Using the Eddisbury Way for a short distance the “carders” walked through Hatley Farm and then near to Belleair on their way to join the Weaver Navigation and Frodsham Cut. On the latter stretch the path was not obvious and a GPS proved useful. On reaching Frodsham Cut the rain returned once more but it didn’t dampen their spirits even when a missing hedge caused a little confusion to the navigator. Returning by the A56 to Frodsham the “carders” treated themselves to tea and cakes before catching the train back to Preston arriving at 16.45. Unfortunately the day of travel being Friday, the London to Glasgow train which was boarded at Warrington, was a little crowded.
In the main the paths in the area where well signed and gave the opportunity to view the scenery in another part of the world. NB. The journeys were off peak and the journey was from Preston changing at Warrington BQ for the Llandudno.

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St Laurence Church at Frodsham


Climbing through woods to Woodhouse Hill


On the Sandstone Trail


Crow Mere - lunch stop


Part of the Eddisbury Way


Senior Rail Card Holders wending their way to Hatley Farm


One of numerous footbridges on route


A heron in flight


Rain threatens by the Weaver Navigation

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