638 Tarporley

"O for a beaker full of the warm south - With beaded bubbles winking at the brim, and purple-stain'ed mouth". The words of the poet John Keats came readily to mind as we gathered handfuls of autumn blackberries from the hedgerows at Tarporley, while in this attractive town there's many a hostelry for that beakerful afterwards. During Keats life the Shropshire Union Canal would only recently have opened but the Sandstone Trail, which makes easy work of the field paths, did not arrive for another 200 years.

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LOCATION: Nine miles south west of Northwich
START: Tarporley, signed from A49. Community Centre Long Stay car park
Grid ref: SJ556623 Postcode: CW6 0DE
DISTANCE: 6 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - Northwich & Delamere Forest Landranger 117
REFRESHMENTS: Lockgate Coffee House & Tarporley
EN ROUTE: Tiverton, Shropshire Union Canal, Sandstone Trail

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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