A collection of 20 historic walks around some of the outstanding countryside and rich historical heritage of Cheshire. Colour illustrations and OS mapping accompany the route descriptions to provide clear and interesting information about the region and its history. In a little over 2000 sq km, Cheshire offers much of what is best about traditional England with over 3500km of fine walking on public rights of way that range from the wild, upland landscape of the Peak District to lush riverside pastures and meadows of the plain. It also offers charming villages, friendly towns, famous stately homes, glorious gardens, fascinating museums and, of course, one of Europe's most historic and popular cities, Chester itself. The 20 routes, described and illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs, attempt to reveal some of the splendours of this land of the 'brindled cat', with a series of walks which combine landscape with architecture, natural beauty with history, and our heritage with our diverse and complex culture.
Jim Rubery has lived in Yorkshire since 1975, having moved to the south of the county after being educated in the Midlands. He is a very keen participant in outdoor pursuits, spending a great deal of his spare time over the years climbing, mountaineering, walking, skiing, canoeing and has even dabbled with caving and sailing. He started writing for the climbing press in the early '90s, but has had a regular walking column in Yorkshire Life magazine entitled 'Rambling with Rubery', since 1995. This is also now a regular monthly feature in the sister magazines, Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life. Wherever possible, Jim tries to incorporate a place of interest along the way in his walks, often a historic building or area of archaeological importance. It is from this that his love of historical places has grown, whether it be a stone circle from a prehistoric age, a ruined castle or abbey from medieval times or a relatively modern edifice from the Industrial Revolution. This collection of 21 historic walks gives a flavour of some of the outstanding countryside and rich historical heritage of Cheshire, a county that Jim loves and where he spends as much time as possible.