Willaston is an interesting Cheshire village - a once typical farming settlement, grouped around the village green. A delight to stroll around to admire the old architecture and to visit the old preserved station on the country park walk It has won best kept village awards too. It has its fair share of pubs and restaurants if you want to linger...more
Parking up in the car park near the 'Hadlow Road Station' Take some time to explore the old station 'frozen in time' from the 1950sWalk past the old level crossing and keep following the Wirral Way to Parkgate where you can reward yourself with an icecream! (you can cycle along this route too, look out for the Route 56 signs)I usually take the same...more
In Willaston the old station has been maintained as it was in 1952 when it was closed down. Historically it belonged to "The Cheshire Lines Company" - being unusual in that it had its own livery for rolling stock, but no locomotives - as the major shareholding companies used their own.Its a nice touch of nostalgia to see the old ticket office and...more
I was my misfortune to arrange lunch to celebrate the birthday of my father in law , we were a party of 6 adults and 4 children, we arrived at 12.30, the rest of our party arrived by 12.40, ordered our meals at 13.05, after 45 mins we enquired where our food might be, the waitress told us the resaurant was very busy (it was empty when we arrived)...more
The Hidden Inn on the Wirral.Pollard’s Inn was once a 16th Century Farm House with Medieval features such as Mullioned Windows, heavy Oak Beam Inglenook Fireplaces and Sandstone walls. I've enjoyed a Coronation Chicken Baquette for a lunch time snack in the conservatory area but there is a good choice of traditional and french cusine.more
On the the weekend of the scarecrow festival in Thornton Hough some of the village access roads ae closed to normal traffic and some bus routes diverted. Car parks are set up on the village perimeter and heritage buses are used to ferry people freely into the village.
On display at the fete day of the Scarecrow festival were these beautiful Bernese dogs - there were so many of them! Several had these swiss carts to pull with the local produce - just seemed a shame that the owners had never been to Switzerland though!Please enlarge pic to see the collage better :-)more
The Saturday of the Scarecrow Festival week and the normally quiet village green is taken over with a funfair and stalls with chaity games like dunk a pirate and country products for sale. Each stallholdeer dresses a scarecrow too and an award is given for the best one. It was lovely to have a sunny day for it and to see families having a real fun...more
Since 1999 the village of Thornton Hough has held a yearly scarecrow festival - it has been gaining increased attraction and in 2004 won the Mersey Award Tourism Award for ‘Small Event of the Year’.Each year has a theme - and in 2005 its was a nautical theme to tie in with the regions Year of the Sea.I'll take some pics for this years event and put...more
A largish mere is nor far from Willaston in Raby. Its a popular place to feed the ducks and to walk in the nearby area. A wide variety of ducks can be seen here including the colourful Mandarin DuckI also have dim distant memories of boating on this lake too but I'm not sure if that is still possible today.more
The Smithy in Thornton Hough is about a hundred years old - Lord Leverhulme had it installed to service his hunters and horses of the estate. Today it is still used for shoeing local horses and demonstrations can often be seen as the current local smithy and farrier and his apprentices go about their work.more
There are many architectural gems around the village like the sandstone church buildings and the black and white timbered buildings commonplace to Cheshire. Just as in Port Sunlight the details of the chimmneys make a great feature juxtaposed with interesting facade details.more
The country lanes around Wilaston and Thornton Hough lend themselves to delightful cycing or walking trails. A shortish hike (less than 4 miles) takes in the countryside around Thornton Hough and its neighbouring village of Brimstage.(see web link for details and route).
In Willaston there is the country park trail following the old railway track to Hooton or Parkhgate.
Willaston is an interesting Cheshire village - a once typical farming settlement, grouped around the village green. A delight to stroll around to admire the old architecture and to visit the old preserved station on the country park walk (see "must see" tips.) It has won best kept village awards too. It has its fair share of pubs and restaurants if...more