Last Sunday my walk home from visiting my local nature reserve took me through Carey Park.
The park is part of the the Northwich Woodlands and is the closest area to the town.
Opened in 2003 it's named after Councillor Ron Carey who was active in bringing about the regeneration of the site... the park is located on the site of the former Witton landfill.
The reclamation project has turned the area into a woodland and nature reserve.
Carey Park is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with rare grasses, wild flowers and butterflies thriving alongside other wildlife.
This fella was so curious.
The easiest way of maintaining the balance of scrub versus grassland is by grazing with livestock.
I had seen a flock of Hebridean sheep earlier over at Ashtons Flash.
I had only been watching the cattle for a few minutes when they all trooped off up the hill.
I continued on my way... my route following alongside the herd.
It looks like they had something a bit tastier at the top of the rise.
Hey!... wait for me.
There's always one....
This image was taken from the same spot as I saw the cattle.
The old landfill site is to the left and the River Weaver down to my right.
The river cruiser is just a few hundred yards from reaching the town centre.
And me?...just over a mile from my own front door.
A bit of info about my local nature reserve... apologies if you already know all about it.
Carey Park is one of nine sites which make up the Northwich Woodlands.
Created from what was once largely derelict land the Woodlands now provide a rich and green environment to the north of Northwich town centre.
Each of the nine countryside sites that make up the Woodlands has its own unique character and history.
The Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey canal flow through the heart of the Woodlands adding further variety to the landscape.
Its network of surfaced paths provides many routes accessible to all and appeals to a variety of users including horse riders, cyclists, nature lovers and families.