Monday, 27 February 2012

A walk from home to visit Mum on Sunday......................................................

I live just 2.2 miles from my Mum.
I walked to her house on Sunday and if my memory serves me right it's the first time I have made the journey on foot from my current house.
It's a walk which passes through the industrial part of my town... the chemical works, river and canal...
...and the last battle site of the English Civil War in 1659.

I took these images on my return journey... the Trent and Mersey canal in the village of Barnton.
The canal here enters Barnton Tunnel... which is 572 yards long.

Just across the road this is the view I had walking down the hill towards the River Weaver...
... this is whats left of the chemical works on Wallerscote Island.

At the bottom of the hill is this building... it used to be the Red Lion pub.
It 's is now an antique shop and auction house.

A view of Winnington Works from the swing road bridge as I crossed the River Weaver navigation.
The famous Anderton Boat Lift is just a few hundred yards up river.

This looks like it belongs on a railway line... the buffer for the swing bridge.

After crossing the swing bridge over the Weaver navigation I crossed Winnington Bridge which passes over  the original route of the River Weaver
This is the site of the last skirmish of the English Civil War during 1659.

This commemorative plaque can be seen on the stone wall in the centre of the bridge.

I then passed the chemical works... in its heyday this was I.C.I. the biggest employer in Northwich.
Polythene was discovered here in the 1930's.

Winnington Park Recreational Club
The cricket pitch is now also used for hockey and junior soccer.
The pavilion rivals some of the county grounds in the UK... I.C.I.  really looked after it's workers.

Now owned by TATA the factory produces soda ash... used in the production of detergents and toothpaste.

Nearly home this is the new Medical Centre and adjoining pharmacy.
Less than 200 yards from my front door... well placed as I get older.

Across the road from the Medical Centre are the sports fields of Moss Farm.
The new cricket pavilion of Northwich Cricket Club was funded by them selling their old town centre ground  to property developers. Moss Farm is also the home to our public swimming pool and the headquarters of the Cheshire Football Association.

Only 2.2 miles of walking that took just 30 minutes to complete (each way) but I enjoyed it enough to share.

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that's cool that you're so close to your mum. :) looked like a beautiful day to walk it. and a nice sprinkling of recreational fields in with the industrial sections, too.

laughed at your 'getting older' comment. ha!

Frank said...

A very interesting journey. I'd be happy to have the canal on my doorstep.

Rohrerbot said...

What an interesting mix of structures along the way! From factory buildings, to lovely homes on a lush hillside.....an interesting view and use of the land along the walk:)

Gary said...

Great walk Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Fantastic walk. Loved every minute of it.. Thanks for taking us along!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Andrew, you have so got to get in closer to that chemical factory for photos, there is something to very alluring about derelict buildings.
Fab images though.
Shaun

joo said...

Superb walk. I do love the boats!

Tammy said...

Great documentation of your journey. Your photos are so crisp.

Bob Bushell said...

Well done Andrew, it is a lovely house or cottage where your mother lives, and down on the canal, its like dream. Lovely photos.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I liked your "well placed" comment regarding the medical center. You just keep on walking and most likely will not have a need for their services. But it may be in your best interest to drop in every once in awhile and say "I'm Andrew and I live 200 yards down the road" just in case.

Carole M. said...

looks like the perfect day to walk to your Mum's place Andrew. I love the photo of the Trent and Mersey canal especially. Interesting tour around your part of the world; thanks for sharing

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...Thanks for sharing this ..I am jealous that you have green grass though!!
I do like the river travel ..still fasinates me!!
Grace x

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Thank you for sharing your walk. I agree with Shaun, there is a lot of great photo opportunities closer to the buildings, reach out there and grab some the next time to pass this way again. Great walk!

Sondra said...

ITs great that you know the history of your area...I think its important in order for us to realize our own connectedness to the history...A great walk about!!

Susan Scheid said...

Fascinating tour--all that in just 2.2 miles! Love your photo of the swing road bridge, particularly. Quite unusual--at least to my eyes.

Horst in Edmonton said...

A wonderful walk, thanks for sharing.

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holdingmoments said...

Glad you did share these Andrew. Always good to see the areas other bloggers live in.
Love Sinbad's comment lol

ADRIAN said...

A grand walk. I like the contrast.

Ruby said...

I love the last picture. The house in the first shot looks idyllic. Cheers, Ruby

JM said...

I just love the little house and yard on the opposite bank on the top shot. Lovely indeed.

Fábio Martins said...

So nice shots today. Thanks sharing

Gillian Olson said...

You sure demonstrate the contrasts well in these shots.

Pantherka said...

Andrew, do you have a nice walk on foot to the mother. And yet you could shoot on the way so many beautiful photos.

Beckyt said...

Enjoyed your walk to your Mum's house :) Thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

Great shots of a lovely walk. I would LOVe to be able to walk to my parents house but almost 2000km is a very long way!!