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The Grade One listed St Peter's church

Cheshire Walk - Plemstall, Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford

The two and a half inch Ordnance Survey map shows Plemstall just to the east of Mickle Trafford with the railway line dividing them, Plemstall nothing more than the church and the odd farm. We read that paper maps are on the way out, their place taken by a touch of the button image on the iPad. Techno idiots like myself find this as improbable as printed books being replaced by on-screen texts which we are told is the inevitable fate of the written word, a crowded bookshelf of interesting titles soon to be as irrelevant and unnecessary as horse-drawn carriages.

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One of the four reservoirs this walk passes

Tameside Walk - Stalybridge Country Park

Studying the map for a likely walk in the Stalybridge area I was surprised to find how close it was to the high ground of The Peak, the land rearing up dramatically, stopping the onward march of housing development as open moorland begins to dominate. To parody the famous rhyme by the American poet Stephen Vincent Benet:

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Helsby walk

Cheshire Walk - Helsby Hill

Keith Carter leads a walk up and back down one of Cheshire’s most recognisable landmarks

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St Catherines, Birtles, a Grade 2 listed building

Cheshire Walk - Alderley Edge to Birtles

Keith Carter explores a landscape rich in legend and myth but finds nothing more mysterious than a great walk around Birtles

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Tom Rogers of Tom at 101 Restaurant with his bees

Tom Rogers - Tom at 101 owner tries his hand at bee-keeping... despite the allergy

Tom Rogers loves living dangerously, whether he’s on his motorbike or in the garden

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The dormouse's ginger fur, busy tail and large black eyes are unmistakeable

In search of the elusive Cheshire dormouse

For generations, we’ve used dogs’ unrivalled sense of smell to help us out. From seeking out disaster victims to tracking illegal drugs, dogs have been at our side. Now nature experts are hoping they will seek out rare wildlife too

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Beneath Delamere's pines lie a myriad of unique acidic pools shaped by the Ice Age - Andrew Walmsley

Exploring the prehistoric bogs of Delamere Forest

Locked away beneath Delamere Forest lies a world shaped by the last Ice Age, and some very special wildlife. Now, with the help of the local community, Cheshire Wildlife Trust is revealing these lost habitats once again, as Tom Marshall reports

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The barn owls' traditional barn and outbuilding homes have been lost to renovation and development.

What does the future hold for the Barn Owl in Cheshire?

Almost all of us recognise the barn owl, but after the worst nesting season for three decades in 2013, what does the future hold for this icon of the countryside? Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Tom Marshall reports

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Cheshire is one of the best places to see these magnificent birds

Wildelife - Grey Herons are thriving in Cheshire

They look like something from the distant past but grey herons are thriving here in Cheshire

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Out & About Showcase

North West Spring Ball

North West Spring Ball hosted by Claire Sweeney raises vital funds for Diabetes

Claire Sweeney hosted a fundraising gala in Cheshire, which helped to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

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The Heritage Centre

Macclesfield - a culture of creativity

Macclesfield was once dismissed as being a cultural wasteland, but the town is now brimming with artistic ideas and creative energy

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

A look ahead to The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

October 2014 sees the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair move to an exciting new home when it takes over the studios of the iconic Granada TV HQ in central Manchester from 9-12 October.

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Millennium Bridge at Salford Quays

The Manchester Ship Canal celebrates its 120th anniversary

Ray King takes a nostalgic trip along the resurgent Manchester Ship Canal to mark its 120th anniversary

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Rachel Burden

Rachel Burden - getting prepared for a camping holiday

BBC 5Live presenter Rachel Burden lives just outside Knutsford with her husband and their three children. In the first of a quarterly column she explains why she’s finding catering on a camping break something of a challenge

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Cattle judging

A look ahead to the 2014 Nantwich Show

The Nantwich Show is one of the highlights of the summer and this year’s event has much to tempt visitors

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Sami Armstrong

A look ahead to the 2014 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

It seems everyone’s getting excited about the region’s biggest garden event, including fashion students. Are you ready for RHS Tatton?

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FLUX festival team at Liverpool ONE;  (back to front); Aaryn James and Owen Jones,  Chloe Nezianya and Suzy Vanezis,  Jack Morgan and Amy Davies,  Aimee Marnell and Holly Lewis

Meet the team behind Liverpool’s Flux Festival

Liverpool’s creative community has come together to stage, Flux, a festival like no other. We chat to the young ambassadors to find out what exactly Flux

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The Gruffalo

What’s On in Cheshire

A round up of events in Cheshire in August

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Beach riding

Five great activity breaks in North Wales

Adventure awaits! Here’s our guide to some of the best activity breaks in beautiful North Wales

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Discover Out & About

Vanrooyen Supercars

Vanrooyen Supercars

At Vanrooyen everything we do has been meticulously designed with you in mind.

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Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past.

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Inglewood Manor

Inglewood Manor

A first glimpse of Inglewood Manor, is nestling at the heart of 38 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, is all it takes to fall in love, while the sweeping drive through manicured lawns, enhanced by pavilions and ponds, to the manor house itself only serves to confirm your first impression.

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The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

From the chic sophistication of Michelin starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, the elegance of The Arkle Bar and Lounge to the relaxed Parisian style La Brasserie we have a dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions.

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