Cheshire's water features photographed (with audio)
PUBLISHED: 12:38 26 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013
Take a look at some of Cheshire's most stunning waterways, meres and lakes
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This recording is courtesy of The Macclesfield & District Talking Newspaper For The Blind
The Macclesfield & District Talking Newspaper For The Blind produces an 80 minute weekly recording of local news and an additional 80 minute audio magazine which are sent free of charge to around 200 blind and visually impaired people who live in Macclesfield, Bollington, Poynton, Prestbury and surrounding districts or who have links with the area.
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The members of Budworth Sailing Club are a lucky bunch. They get to spend time navigating their boats out on the waters of Budworth Mere, soaking up every last moment of a sun-filled afternoon. The hundreds of species of flora and fauna that call this mere home probably agree there is no better place to pass a tranquil hour.
While Cheshire isn't the first place you think of when it comes to picture postcard waterside settings and lakeside views - the Lake District might be your first thought - it does not mean they are any less spectacular.
Many of the county's meres were created through subsidence from the salt mining industry but others, like the one at Budworth, were formed at the end of the last Ice Age.
Cheshire is also traversed by a network of canals and rivers that once carried goods for trade. In Chester, people take a punt on a boat along the River Dee or enjoy an ice-cream along its edges. At Thelwall, the Bridgewater Canal, once a hub of commercial activity, now adopts a lazier approach with its only traffic being narrowboat skippers enjoying a day out on the water.
The nearby Manchester Ship Canal is not as busy as it once was but you can still get a ferry - a small motorised boat - across it for just a few pence. The Bridgewater Canal runs through Lymm and is popular with walkers wanting to get away from it all. Narrow boat enthusiasts will often be found moored on Macclesfield Canal too.
In Anderton, near Northwich, you'll find the famous Boat Lift. Every year people flock to this remarkable construction to journey between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal, located several feet above. Another special place is Stapeley Water Gardens in Northwich. Here you will find Palms Tropical Oasis, home to a family of meerkats, piranhas and a Caiman crocodile. There are also Italian gardens filled with Mediterranean floral displays as well as spectacular water features.
Travel across to Wirral and there are stunning seascapes as well as some interesting features. At Port Sunlight, the village built by William Hesketh Lever, a beautiful fountain marks the entrance to the world renowned Lady Lever Art Gallery. The ornamental water feature, showing a triton and a baby triton riding a seahorse accompanied by two dolphins, is believed to have been erected around the 1950s. It was commissioned to commemorate the centenary of Lady Lever's birth and was created by Charles Wheeler, the sculptor also responsible for the fountains at London's Trafalgar Square. Look closely and you might spot the resemblance.
Journey south to North Wales and you will discover a coastline filled with character. The splendour of the promenade at Llandudno is difficult to beat, the character of Llangollen - and the thought of a drink overlooking the River Dee - is something that attracts millions of people every year. A walk along the front alongside the Conwy Estuary with a portion of fresh mussels to taste is a winning combination. Journey a little off the tourist track and you will find more stunning views.
Llynau Mymbyr near Capel Curig in Snowdonia has it all. In the past it has been used for outdoor sports including fly fishing and scuba diving. As well as being a place popular with walkers, it is now used for canoe training by Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre for Wales.
Water has a significance in our county, whether it be on the wildlife, the landscape or the amount of people who come to visit Cheshire. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and discover it for yourself.