We left our nice B&B, turning down the offer of a lift for a linear walk so that we had the option of lengthening or shortening the walk as we felt like it! We parked again at Aberdaron, heading slightly inland up a small river valley and through fields. We did head down to a caravan site before realising it didn’t look right. Further back up the track there was a waymarker, more easily visible when you were going the ‘wrong’ way!
This took us back towards the coast, over rolling hills high above the sea. It was another beautiful day, sunny and clear, and fairly warm for November. We looked across Cardigan Bay, taking a bearing and decided that we actually could see Pembrokeshire on the horizon! There were a few sheep grazing and a number of ponies.
We headed inland up a lovely valley with a stream and waterfalls, and the remains of old mining industry.
The path then headed back to the coast on open access moorland, again high rolling hills. It appears that the path has been diverted and improved to run closer to the coast than it does on our map, although it has been pretty well waymarked.
We reached a minor road, close to the National Trust property of Plas-yn-Rhiw and at the western end of Hell’s Mouth Bay, and decided to make that our turnaround point.
We followed the quiet minor road back to Aberdaron, reaching it just as the sun was beginning to set.
Sunday, 27th May 2012 – Bridge Trafford to Alvanley – 11.3 miles return
The North Cheshire Way is interesting if not the most picturesque route ever. It’s what I think of as ‘industrial countryside’ – fields with a view of pylons, motorway and an oil refinery, and walking along quite a lot of (quiet) roads. I sometimes struggle to see beyond that to the green fields and wildlife all around! Still, it’s another path within an easy distance of home, taking us to places we might not otherwise go.
Roads and pylons
Sunday was roasting hot – difficult to imagine we’d had the heating on the previous week. We decided not to head for the Pennines as a) it might be a little on the warm side, and b) it would be my first walk since pulling something in my calf a week before the Chester half-marathon. As it was, the calf was fine, but the weather was HOT!
What is the affinity between stiles and nettles? Seems such a long time since last summer I had forgotten about them. There was one, short but overgrown path where I had to wrap the map around my legs but still got quite stung. I’m not sure if it is because it is still quite early in the season, but they were pretty virulent – still tingling at night! I almost forgot about the nettles when my foot sank in the cow poo …