Mark Walks LEJOG Day 27 – Nantwich to Northwich

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

Following a good night and tasty breakfast at The Cheshire Cat in Nantwich, I walked through town to the outskirts and onto country roads for a few miles, taking me towards the canal once again.

Beyond the charming little settlement of Rease Heath, I walked through the grounds of Poole Hall, where they have done a good job of maintaining the footpaths and ensuring the hiker is kept separate from the large number of cattle.

A sudden downpour made me dash for cover in the very lovely St Oswald’s church at Worleston, where I sheltered a while as I put on my waterproof layers.

I then proceeded to the canal and joined the Shropshire Union for the fourth day running. The canal is punctuated by bridges every so often, giving the opportunity for a few moments out of the rain, which was now very heavy – usually a good sign, since heavy rain rarely lasts long in the UK. And it was not long until the clouds parted and the sun started to tentatively make an appearance.

A few miles along the canal I chalked up another milestone, passing the 400 mile point, which is encouraging.

Near Winsford, I left the canal and started along tracks and country roads towards the edge of the town.

The route took me past several farms, where I encountered lots of handsome horses. This part of the country certainly appears to be very keen on equestrian activities.

I then had the odd experience of walking the full length of a giant industrial park, with its very simply named streets. It’s always somewhat otherworldly to be suddenly back in the real world, when most of the LEJOG walk is so quiet.

After the long walk through the estate, it was back to tracks and country roads and a return of the rain, which came down at its most insistent of the day.

The short walk to Davenham in the torrential rain was pleasant and fun nonetheless. I stopped at the village Spar shop for some provisions and spent some time chatting with a retired man who is training to walk Camino de Santiago. We exchanged some thoughts on long distance walking and he wished me luck as I headed off for Northwich, which is a stone’s throw from Davenham.

Arriving at my accommodation for the evening, I went through my usual routine of cleaning my gear and hanging everything that had got wet during the day out to dry.


The Day 27 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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One response to “Mark Walks LEJOG Day 27 – Nantwich to Northwich”

  1. Dee Atkins-Greig avatar
    Dee Atkins-Greig

    Four hundred miles…bravo!!

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