Midweek social walk – Bluebell cafe

This is an easy green, midweek social walk around the villages of Barrow and Plemstall. The walk is 7.5km with minimal ascent and includes woodland paths, fields and quiet lanes. We start and end at Bluebell café on the Barrowmore estate – you are very welcome to stay for lunch at the end of the walk or just to join us for lunch.

Green

Wednesday 5 April 2023

2 dogs allowed

Covid-19

Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

This walk starts and ends at the Bluebell cafe. We walk through woodland paths and then through the village of Barrow, past the primary school, to join Ferma lane. We then join the footpath past Ferma wood before crossing fields alongside the river Gowy to make our way to Plemstall church, where we will stop for coffee. St Peter’s Church, Plemstall is a National Heritage Grade 1 listed building and is situated in an isolated spot at the end of a country lane near Mickle Trafford. The church sits on an ‘island’, surrounded by meadows, that were once marshes, lying either side of the river Gowy (this means that the paths may be muddy in places!) The church original church dates from the 12th centrury but was rebuilt in the 15th century. The site dates back to St Plegmund who lived as a hermit in a cell on ‘The Isle of Chester’ before becoming the archbishop of Canterbury in the year 890.

After coffee, we cross fields and tracks to walk to Station lane, past the old railway station (‘Barrow for Tarvin’) which closed in 1953. We end by walking along Broomhill lane to return to Bluebell café – the café is part of the Barrowmore Estate which a charity that supports vulnerable adults.

Please let me know if you want to stay for lunch at the end of the walk or just to join us for lunch so that I can book tables.

Meeting Time:
09:45
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
10:00
Walk Finishes:
12:30
Distance:
7.5km
Duration (incl stops):
2:30 approx
Ascent:
Minimal
Highest Point:
N/A
Terrain:
Woodland paths, fields and quiet lanes.
Map/Area:
OS Landranger 117
Starting Point:
Bluebell café, Barrowmore Estate, Great Barrow CH3 7JA
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Safety

Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.