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Edition of 5. January 2018 - Map leaflets

Petal Walk Waymark The Launch of the Saltscape Petal Walks, looping between Weaverham and Acton Bridge, took place on Saturday 16. September 2017.

The inaugural walks began at Acton Bridge Parish Rooms, led by John Wilson of the Weaverham Trust, and Steve Pardoe of Acton Bridge Parish Council. We finished at Bottom Pitch Meadow, off Owley Wood Road in Weaverham, and the route went via St Mary's Church, where people who preferred to begin in Weaverham were able to join in. Paul Nolan from the Mersey Forest Trust introduced the Bottom Pitch event, where excellent packed lunches, with home-made cakes and scones, and tea and coffee were available in a big marquee. Glen Gidley, Chairman of Weaverham Trust, thanked the major participants, and reminded us of the length of the project, which had started in Weaverham as the "Greener Way" about ten years ago. There was an interesting display by the Weaverham Trust showing some of its valuable campaigns over the years.

After lunch, eight walkers from Acton Bridge completed the circuit, via Owley Wood, Weaverham, Sandy Lane, Footpath 24, and on to the Parish Rooms.

For further details, please visit Weaverham Trust's website.

Leaflets with illustrated maps and route descriptions for the first two Petal Walks have been published - e-mail us for a copy! You can also download them as .PDF files from the links below.....

Weaverham & Acton Bridge (Map)
Weaverham & Acton Bridge (Cover & description)
Bottom Pitch Meadow & Owley Wood (Map)
Bottom Pitch Meadow & Owley Wood (Cover and description)

Photos from the launch event appear below - do let us know if you have some more you'd like to see published here!

Petal Walk Leaflet

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The newly-installed Interpretive Panel by Acton Bridge Parish Rooms...

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...after Peter and Saul dug out its footings

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The map and legends

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On the inaugural walk, from Old Lane towards Milton Rough

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Old and new signage on Milton Rough

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On the inaugural walk, from Sandfield Lane towards the railway footbridge and Station Road

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Arriving at Bottom Pitch Meadow, Weaverham

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The Interpretive Panel at Bottom Pitch Meadow

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The marquee at Bottom Pitch Meadow

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Saul and Glen welcome walkers to the celebration

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Enjoying a well-earned picnic lunch in the marquee

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Tea and cakes!

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The Bottom Pitch Meadow display panel

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The Weaverham Trust display panel

PS - the FP24 Story - or, "The Bad, The Ugly and The Good"

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What Footpath 24 was like on Thursday, between Strawberry Lane and Warrington Road (the A49)...

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...and getting a rough clearing by SJP with a billhook...

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...and on Friday, after last-minute strimming by Cheshire West Highways, thank you!

Thanks to everyone involved in making this special day such a success

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