Photos taken during the Tuesday Walking Group's Weaver Valley walk on 17 July 2007

(photos courtesy of Jenny Carling)

After leaving our cars near the Little Leigh Post Office, we crossed fields before walking along the Trent & Mersey Canal in the direction of Barnton for about 1km. We then dropped down to the Weaver Navigation and headed downstream for several kilometres to Dutton Lock, where we left the river and headed over fields to Acton Bridge, stopping for a few minutes to shelter from a sharp storm beneath a bridge on the Crewe to Liverpool railway line. We had an excellent lunch at the Hazel Pear, the only glitsch being the lack of custard with Sarah's bread & butter pudding! After lunch we looped back to Little Leigh over fields, crossing the River Weaver at the A49 swing bridge. We were hit by another sharp storm just before the finish of the walk - we would have missed it if we'd walked a bit quicker! Verdict - a very enjoyable 'Figure of Eight' walk which was surprisingly dry underfoot, given the wet July we were having (report by John Hammond).

A bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal

Sheltering beneath the Crewe to Liverpool railway line about 2km before the lunch stop at the Hazel Pear, Acton Bridge