Watching a pair of great crested grebes, as they rose breast to breast from the water in their magnificent courtship dance, was the highlight of our walk around Sandbach Flashes. These shallow lakes, formed by salt pumping subsidence, are a haven for many species of wildfowl. There are coots, swans, mallards and moorhens all breeding here, while bullfinches, chaffinches and assorted tits feed among the surrounding willows and alders. This is a walk among the wildlife, and such a display is not to be missed, so don't forget your binoculars.
LOCATION: South Cheshire
START: The Bears Paw, Warmingham, three miles south of Middlewich. Park behind pub.
Grid ref: SJ708612 Postcode: CW113NH
DISTANCE: 4 (or 3) miles
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Northwich & Delamere Landranger 118
REFRESHMENTS: Bears Paw
EN ROUTE: Trent and Mersey Canal, Watch Lane Flash, Isle Pool, Moston Flash, Crabmill
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News