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|The Hayhurst Arms Moulton and River Weaver Trail|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 29 Jan 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cheshire, Bostock Green|
|A 6 mile circular pub walk from the Hayhurst Arms in Bostock Green near Middlewich, Cheshire. Originally established as the village Reading Room, today the Hayhurst Arms is a proper village pub with a well-stocked bar at its heart. The walking route has plenty of interest for everyone, taking in pretty villages, the tree at centre of Cheshire, signs of the area’s historic industrial past and a picturesque stretch along the towpath of the Weaver Navigation. |
The walk has a few gentle climbs and descents plus longer sections of level walking. The route follows mainly pavements, lanes and stone tracks/towpaths, however one section does follow a grass track across a crop field and this can be very muddy in winter and after rain. You will need to cross the main A533 road twice. This road can be busy so take particular care and it may be worth avoiding peak traffic times. There are several gates/kissing gates to negotiate, but there are no stiles on route. One short section of the towpath crosses a water meadow which is occasionally used to graze cattle. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
Bostock Green is located a few miles north of Middlewich in Cheshire. (NOTE: There is another Bostock Green, within Ellesmere Port, so make sure you are headed to the right place!) Head north from Middlewich on the A533 and keep straight ahead onto the smaller road into Bostock Green. The walk starts and finishes at the Hayhurst Arms on the main road through Bostock Green, which has its own car park. Approximate post code CW10 9JP.
|Start to A533|
Start point: 53.2193 lat, -2.494 long
Begin the walk in the car park for the Hayhurst Arms. Take a moment here to look at the architecture of the cottages opposite and the Hayhurst Arms itself. All the buildings in the village of Bostock Green have a similar red brick design, topped with signature white and black design gables. This charming uniformity is due to the village’s origins as a model Georgian and Victorian estate village. The village was originally laid out in 1775 when the park of Bostock was landscaped. The remodelling of the village took place in the 1870s under the France-Hayhurst family who lived at nearby Bostock Hall. The village survives virtually unchanged since this time. The Hayhurst Arms itself was established in 1845 as the village Reading Room, became a social club in 1914 and then was transformed in 2015 to become the pub restaurant at the heart of the village.
|A533 to River Weaver|
Start point: 53.2185 lat, -2.5037 long
You need to cross over the main A533 road here, but do so with extreme care. Be sure to check for traffic from both sides and to check for vehicles emerging from the side road (Jack Lane) opposite before you cross. Take the footpath which continues opposite and leads you into the trees (with the side road running down to the left). A few paces in you’ll come to a concrete slope, turn left down this and then turn right to follow the pavement alongside Jack Lane.
|River Weaver to Vale Royal Locks|
Start point: 53.2148 lat, -2.523 long
Immediately before the bridge across the river, turn right and follow the riverside path with the River Weaver on the left. Pass through the metal kissing gate into a water meadow (which is occasionally used for grazing cattle) and keep ahead along the towpath. Pass through the next kissing gate to leave the water meadow and you will pass a large lake on the right.
|Vale Royal Locks to Eaton Hall Farm|
Start point: 53.2287 lat, -2.5399 long
There has been a lock at Vale Royal for more than 250 years, starting with a single timber-built construction in the old river, which opened to traffic in 1732. The locks you see today date from the time when navigation was completely reconstructed between 1870 and 1900. The original wooden locks were replaced by five much larger locks, capable of handling 1000 tonne vessels. You can get a great view of the waterway by walking onto the footbridges across the river, but do take care with children.
|Eaton Hall Farm to Moulton Track Junction|
Start point: 53.2294 lat, -2.5321 long
Turn right here, onto the signed Restricted Byway, passing the farmhouse across to the left. Follow this farm track between hedgerows, with open fields each side. The hedgerows here are home to a wide variety of birds, providing both shelter and food in the form of berries and insects. Keep your eyes peeled for sparrows, thrushes, blackbirds and wrens.
|Moulton Track Junction to End|
Start point: 53.2188 lat, -2.5167 long
From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the Hayhurst Arms. To do this, keep straight ahead on the lane between houses. Stay on the lane as it swings left to become Niddries Lane. Follow Niddries Lane all the way to the T-junction at the end. Turn right, heading out of the village, and swap to the left-hand pavement when you are forced to do so. Follow the road as it swings left and, just before you reach the T-junction, turn left up the concrete slope and then right onto the bridleway which leads you down to the A533.
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Pleasant walk for the most part and only the fairly short road section after crossing the A533 spoiling it slightly. The history along the way was very interesting and like all walks starting in a pub car park a drink at the end is very welcoming.
|By darkzerstore on 2015-09-07 11:53:39|
Lovely section by the river but too much housing estate beginning and end
|By rogeralexand on 2016-08-12 15:04:43|
We parked at location 2 and missed out the walk through the houses
|By jspeed on 2016-10-05 16:16:27|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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