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|The Grosvenor Arms and Aldford|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 26 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile (extendable along a riverside path) circular pub walk from the Grosvenor Arms in Aldford, Cheshire. The Grosvenor Arms is a charming pub with well-spaced rooms and a great outside terrace leading into a small but very pleasing garden. From the outside it appears a rather austere Victorian governess of a building, but once inside it’s very welcoming. The walking route explores the village of Aldford and follows a lovely peaceful stretch of the River Dee, visiting the impressive local iron bridge on route. Aldford is an immaculately kept 19th century model estate village with a church, village hall, post office and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and there are a few kissing gates/gates but no stiles. The riverside path is uneven and can get muddy/overgrown so robust footwear and long trousers are recommended. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Aldford lies in the south-west corner of Cheshire, about 5 miles south of Chester, close to the border with Wales. The walk starts and finishes from the Grosvenor Arms on Chester Road. The pub has its own large car park alongside. Approximate post code CH3 6HJ.
|Start to St John's Church|
Start point: 53.1276 lat, -2.8659 long
Come out of the pub car park to the main road and turn left passing in front of the pub. Keep ahead on the narrow pavement and over to the right you’ll see the old wooden stocks set into the wall. These are one of just a handful of items in the village that date back to the 17th century. The house on the left, with a view of the stocks, is aptly named Stocks View.
|St John's Church to Iron Bridge|
Start point: 53.1286 lat, -2.87 long
The parish church of St John the Baptist, which was described as ruinous in 1818, was rebuilt by John Douglas for the Eaton Estate in 1866 in Gothic style. It has a spire with wooden shingles, added ten years after this date.
|Iron Bridge to Path Junction|
Start point: 53.1347 lat, -2.8711 long
The beautiful bridge is Grade I listed and forms a link between the village and the Eaton Hall estate. The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford and was completed in 1824. It is built in cast iron and has yellow sandstone abutments forming a single arch measuring 50 metres. On the far side is the private Eaton Hall estate. The estate covers an area of about 11,500 acres and comprises formal gardens, parkland, farmland and woodland. The estate is not normally open to the public, but the gardens are open on a few days each year to raise money for charity.
|Path Junction to End|
Start point: 53.1265 lat, -2.8777 long
Turn left here onto the path into woodland which swings first left and then right. The path emerges out to a T-junction with a grass and stone track, turn left along this. At the end of the track, keep ahead through the wooden gate and continue to reach the T-junction with the village road.
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A lovely little and easy walk in a gorgeous village that reeks of history and pride. Every garden is immaculate. The grosvenor estate is beautiful and the River Dee is majestic. Watch footing walking back to village from the river as local dog walkers use that stretch. Pub is fantastic.
|By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:25:55|
Rather jungly! (Overgrown)
|By chrism6 on 2016-09-12 18:01:57|
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