Tuesday, October 16 – Rocksavage and Halton Castles

It was a dull morning when I started out to meet Tom at Broomedge.  I made a 10am start via Atherton and Glazebury.  In finding a new route, I got some miles out of my way, but I was ten minutes inside time (12 noon) when I arrived at our rendezvous.  We started via Lymm, then took some bylanes to Grappenhall, Appleton and Stretton where, during a storm, we had a look around the church.  It is pretty modern, but in the churchyard we discovered a gravestone with the skull and crossbones on it!  Resuming our journey in the rain, we made for Preston Brook, then Sutton Weaver for lunch.  Here we spent two hours, then, crossing the Chester road, we came to Clifton and uphill to Rocksavage Castle.  Only the foundations, bricked upon, remain.  A bylane led us to Halton Castle, and after a look around we made for Norton, Keckwick and Moore, joining Chester road near Warrington.  Passing through the town, we took the main road via Padgate, Cadishead, Irlam and Patricroft, where we parted, I arriving home at 7.30pm.

70 miles, 9.5 hours