Dunham Massey

We started todays walk from Dunham Massey. The magnificent Georgian House is set in a 300 acre deer park and was built for the Earl of Warrington in the 18th century.

We started from the tower and walked across the deer park towards Charcoal Road. We saw a couple of deer but they were too far away to photograph. Leaving the park we followed field paths to reach the hamlet of Dunham Town.

16. Dunham Town

We turned right along School Lane towards the Bridgewater Canal and walked along the towpath for just over a mile to reach Seamons Moss Bridge.

The Bridgewater Canal was constructed to transport the Duke of Bridgewater’s coal from his mine at Worsley. It was important during the Industrial Revolution when coal was needed in huge quantities. The canal stretched from Runcorn to Leigh and in its heyday carried more than 3m tonnes of traffic. It ceases to carry freight in 1974 but today it forms part of the popular canal cruising route known as the Cheshire Ring.

Leaving the canal we linked up with a disused railway track, formerly part of the line between Altringham and Warrington. This section is part of the Trans Pennine Trail which crosses England from the Mersey to the Humber.

After one and a half miles we left the trail at Station Road to enter Dunham Woodhouses. We passed a couple of pubs offering pub grub and real ales but we still had a few miles to walk. The remainder of the walk was along field paths and tracks crossing the River Bollin. Along the way we passed some horses one of which appreciated the apple given to it by Maureen.

We also saw our first winter snowdrops, forcing me to get down on my hands and knees to obtain my photo.

We re-entered the grounds of Dunham Park and walked past the old mill.

A few minutes later we were back at the start and headed straight for the restaurant for tea and cakes. Marie, our cake expert awarded them top marks for their cakes.

5 cupcakes copy

We were about to return to our car when we had an unexpected bonus. A couple of Fallow Deer had wandered close to the house and I was able to take a few close up photos.

15 Antlers

A nice 7 mile stroll.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to Dunham Massey

  1. Wendy says:

    The snowdrops look like contemporary lanterns. It is a wonder a top designer has not thought of it . They look really lovely and full of promise that spring is well and truly around the corner. This was definitely one walk where calorie intake could easily have exceeded calorie expenditure!

  2. Wonderful place! Most enjoyable article!

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