An Afternoon of Beer And Brewing

Husband is more than a bit partial to the odd beer or two. Son is more than a bit partial to machinery and finding out how things work. Neither of these particularly rock my boat but I tagged along with them on this trip which combined both their things and we ended up having an all round good…

A Day At Chester Zoo

A trip to Chester Zoo in early autumn, a day of warm sunshine and blue skies – seems almost unbelievable today, a day of ice, snow and freezing temperatures. Nice to look back…… Trips to the zoo in the dim and distant past with Son were never too successful. He never seemed too keen so it…

Apple and Quince Day at Norton Priory

Apple and quince day – a celebration of all things autumnal in the grounds of a crumbling monastery set in 38 acres of woodland. That all appealed to us so on a sunny Sunday we headed to Norton Priory in Cheshire. Lots of activities on offer (that appealed to Son), I was intrigued to find…

Walking Chester’s Ancient Walls

Having been to Chester several times in the past this trip was all about the city walls – we have walked parts before but never the full circuit – hence our mission for the day. We actually started out in Wales – a little village called Sealand. Not just about walking, we decided to throw cycling into the mix for good…

Walking in Styal Woods

Styal Woods in Cheshire was our destination of choice on a sunny Sunday in early spring. We strolled along a riverbank, hiked through mixed woodland and passed an 18th century cotton mill – something for everyone on this walk. “A host of golden daffodils” was the icing on the cake for me. Over 200 years…

A Walk On The Edge

Alderley Edge in Cheshire on a sunny afternoon makes a really lovely day out, as we discovered. It was quite busy around the entrance (and the ice-cream van), but once we walked further into the woods, the crowds thinned, it was peaceful and quiet with just the sound of birdsong. This place has a mysterious…

Back In Time At Dunham

On a damp Sunday afternoon we went to Dunham Massey in Cheshire to visit the “Sanctuary From the Trenches” exhibition that has just opened. This lovely old Georgian house, once the seat of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford was also a military hospital during the first World War. The National Trust, to commemorate the…