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Whitchurch Weekend - November 2012

Dave, Aline, Alan, Nick, Chris, Martyn and Ian all arrived at the rather salubrious Dodington Lodge Hotel in plenty of time for the excellent evening meal. Peter was delayed slightly but still managed to arrive in time for us all to dine together.

Saturday developed into a beautifully chilly sunny day. We drove to Beeston Castle where Ian led us on a spectacular 11 mile walk over the Peckforton Hills. From here we had panoramic views over the Cheshire Plain. To the north were the coastal hills of North Wales and even the Liverpool skyline could be seen. The business quarter was reminiscent of Manhattan, and from our viewing angle the dark bulk of the Cathedral could be seen in splendid isolation just to the east.

We managed to get to the Beeston Castle café (run by English Heritage) just before it closed at 4pm. The manageress of the café, who was a native of Germany, was most hospitable and allowed us to relax and stay well after the official closing time!

After another excellent hotel meal we retired to a local hostelry to sample the local brews; the names of which I can't remember (they must have been good...).

Sunday dawned rather overcast and drizzly. We were joined by Howard for the walk and the weather soon dried allowing Ian to guide us on another excellent 10 miler from the hostel. Ian's route took us along the 'Sandstone Trail' and the 'Shropshire Way', along the 'Shropshire Union' canal, through Iscoed 'stately' Park, and a visit to an unusual whitewashed church at Whitewell.

The hotel generously provided us with tea/coffee & biscuits on our return at 3pm. Before our departure at 4pm we thanked Dave for organising such an excellent weekend for us, and also to Ian for leading two very interesting walks.