A party of ten left the Lion Salt Works, Northwich on a fine November Saturday to explore the Saltscape Trail. The first part of the walk took us along the Trent & Mersey Canal for about a mile and at this point we crossed over the bridge and into Maybury Country Park. From here we followed the path along Budworth Mere to the Coffee Shop where we stopped and enjoyed a break in the warm sunshine.
At this junction the route crossed fields but with all the recent rain, which had made the paths extremely muddy, we elected to follow the road to the Anderton Lift. Only a short walk but there is a narrow bridge without footpath and caution should be exercised if following this route. However, we were able to join the canal again very quickly which took us directly to the Lift.
Unfortunately the lift is not working at week-ends in winter and we were disappointed not to see the boats going up and down. The Visitor Centre is open but time did not permit a visit on this occasion.
It was here we joined the Saltscape Trail which followed the River Weaver before joining the paths to take us around Neumanns Flash and back to the Salt Works. Estimated distance about 5 miles.
At the end of the walk we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the newly refurbished 'Cock at Budworth'.
Lion Salt Works Cock at Budworth
|All ready to go - Salt Works Northwich|
|Trent Mersey Canal|
|Autumn colours - Beech Trees|
|11/11 at 11 a.m. Two minutes reflection.|
|Bird watching at Budworth Mere|
|Path through Maybury Country Park|
|Entrance to Anderton Lift from Trent & Mersey Canal|
|Mmmm,,,Cheese cake scone at the Cock at Budworth|