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Walks

Walkers resting at summit of Snowdon - Visit Wales Image Centre, Crown Copyright

Snowdonia Walk - Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon

Llanberis Path, a 10-mile round trip, hugging the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway

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The impressive Goyt Hall

Cheshire Walk - Romiley

Keith Carter leaves the pavements behind as he explores the countryside around Romiley

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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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Wildlife

Honor Kneafsey at June and Peter Wight as her grandfather Albert Mottershead in Our Zoo

The story behind BBC One’s Chester Zoo drama, Our Zoo

Chester Zoo is now one of the world’s favourite zoos. But, as a new TV drama tells, it began, over 80 years ago, as one man’s dream.

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Osprey fishing, Andrew Mason

Spotting opsrey in Cheshire this Autumn

Earlier this summer, an aerial icon dropped in for a spot of fishing on the Mersey – the osprey. Tom Marshall from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust looks back on this raptor’s remarkable story in the UK and where you might spot one this autumn

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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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Out & About Showcase

The Firs School in Chester

Why is education a priceless investment?

Whether you invest time, or money too, in your child’s education it is a step worth taking carefully.

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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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Holidays E-Edition

Holidays E-Edition

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Places

La Maddalena

Travel - Resort Valle dell’Erica, Sardinia

We fell in love with Sardinia on our honeymoon six years ago. Would our return visit be just as delightful - accompanied by two little ones?

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Longbow Company directors, Jason Powell (left) and Graham Higgs

Local people targeting success in the Wirral

There’s nothing insular about this peninsula. The Wirral has several towns and villages well worth a visit. Here are some of our favourite people and places

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Warrington Parr Hall's Cavaille-Coll Organ

Preserving the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Parr Hall, Warrington

IF I told you there’s a precious, classic musical instrument, made by one of the greatest craftsmen the world has ever known, unique in the British Isles, and lying silent (for the most part) in the centre of Warrington, would you believe me?

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Hannah Tunstall and Silverdale Dora the Explora won first prize in the fancy dress competition

Mottram Summer Show - photo special

From vintage tractors to a dancing dog display, the Mottram Summer Show had something for everyone – especially equestrian enthusiasts.

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Events

Jersey Boys in Manchester, photo by Brinkhoff & Mogenburg

What’s On in Cheshire

A round up of events in Cheshire in October

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Arley Hall

Wedding Fayres in the North West - Autumn 2014

Nine top wedding fayres in Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester - brought to you by the team at North West Bride

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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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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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