The county of Cheshire is in the north west of England, many will associate the county with Cheshire cheese, a dense crumbly cheese which is also produced in four of its neighbouring counties, Denbighshire and Flintshire in Wales and Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Cheshire is a very rural county where you can easily access peaceful walking or cycling routes. The county is home to the National Trust’s Lyme Hall which has been much more associated with the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice in the 1995 series starring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. Lyme Hall’s exterior being used as the filming location for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley.
or many, the main attraction in Cheshire is at Tatton Park, with is vast deer park and lakes, the Tudor Old hall and its grand gardens. The mansion contains large collections of furniture and ceramics plus the largest library owned by the National Trust.
Cheshire derived from an early name for Chester, and was first recorded as Legeceasterscir in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, “the shire of the city of legions.” Chester is a walled city, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. In Roman times Chester would have been a major port for trade but over the centuries the River Dee and the Estuary has silted up so the port had moved further out as time went by. In the 1700s, Parkgate thus became the main place to go for voyages to Ireland and beyond.
The river Dee is a beautiful resource for relaxation, bird watching and walking activities with a wide variety of inland and coastal views if you don’t mind stretching your legs to see the sights.