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Walks

St Leonards Church at Warmingham

Cheshire walk - Warmingham near Sandbach

Keith Carter enjoys a walk through the beautiful countryside around Warmingham

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St Marys Church

Cheshire Walk - Coddington

Keith Carter takes his family for a stroll through the countryside around Coddington

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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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Wildlife

As recently as the early 1990s, seeing a little egret would have likely involved a long car journey down to the south west. Picture by Amy Lewis

Egret and heron populations on the increase in Cheshire

Tom Marshall of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust reports on the remarkable increase in the number of birds which were once thought to be exotic visitors to the county

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Brian Holloway and Joanie

Congleton’s Brian Holloway is on a mission to raise cash for Guide Dogs

There has been triumph after tragedy for Congleton’s Brian Holloway

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Harvest mouse Photo: Richard Bowler

Foraging for a natural harvest in Autumn

As the leaves begin to turn, our hedgerows and forest floors become a gastronomic bounty. Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Tom Marshall takes a culinary tour and investigates who might be joining us

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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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Out & About Showcase

Moorcroft factory.

Discover what is said to be the finest art pottery in the world today…

Since 1897, each piece of Moorcroft art pottery has been made entirely by hand from start to finish with designs that push forward the boundaries of ceramic art.

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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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Places

Santas dashing through Chester

Chester prepares for Christmas ... amd beyond

By any reckoning Chester is one of the finest cities in the UK and at Christmas there’s even more sparkle. Visitors at any time of year can enjoy the history, nightlife, shops, museums and beauty of the city but only now can we delight in the streets twinkling with festive cheer.

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Knutsford Xmas lights at Canute Place

Why I love Knutsford at Christmas

Janet Reeder gets into the festive spirit on a visit to a small town with some big attractions

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Chester Based Luxury Online Travel Agent

Our passion for travel, insistence on high standards and attention to detail there to ensure that you will make the right choice booking your next holiday trip with Mulberry Travel.

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Christmas tree at The Cross

Twelve days of Christmas in Chester

Chester is a busy city all year round, with packed programmes of cultural, historic, theatrical and artistic events held in venues across the city. These are 12 of the best on the diary for December.

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Events

Jayne Lomas at 'Bill & Betty's' home and gifts stall from Cheadle

The best Christmas Markets in Cheshire

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at your local Christmas market?

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(L-R) Silk crepe day dress with straw hat worn by Lady Mary Crawley (Cosprop for Downton Abbey, 2011). Silk evening dress with chiffon sleeves worn by Lavinia Swire (Acquired by Cosprop for Downton Abbey, made early 1920s).

Downton Abbey dresses at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Fans of Downton Abbey should pay a visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. Beautiful costumes created for the actors in the ITV series are on display for a limited period

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Photo by Mark Waugh

The top five things to do at Manchester Christmas Markets

The Manchester German markets, now in their 16th year, are proving to be as popular as ever each year. We pick our top five things to do

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Messing about on the water

Slava’s Snow Show gets set for The Lowry

Slava’s Snow Show is an unusual and intriguing festive family treat coming to the Lowry

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Classics by Candlelight in Manchester

What’s On in Cheshire

A round up of events in Cheshire in November

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Discover Out & About

Cheshire Glamping Pods

Lady Heyes Touring Caravan Park

Recently, a global trend has taken off that gives outdoor enthusiasts an upgrade on rest and recreation. It’s called Glamping, a new kind of travel, defined as glamorous camping. When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury...

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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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