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Brian M
Except for the Motte, this is an easy flat 4.3 mile walk. We will see a Bronze age burial site which later became a Norman castle. Following a wooded brook down to where the battle of Winwick took place, ending Charles’s attempt to regain his crown. There is an option for an extra half mile to see the location of the Bloody stone.
Much history around the area, where Lord Hutchkinson was killed by the Rocket and the site of the death of the Northumbrian King Oswald in battle with King Penda of Mercia. 
There is a café halfway at Red Bank. Paths can be quite muddy if there has been a period of rain. Good footwear and winter clothing are necessary.
Start Point and Time
Junction of Mere Rd and Southworth Rd 12.30pm.
Directions to Start
From J23 M6 take the southbound A49 (itself an old Roman Rd) for 1.54 miles. Passing a church on your left; turn left at the lights into Southworth road. The junction with Mere Rd is some 238m further up. Free road parking is available. Meet up at the dam crossing at the bottom of the lake. 
Mere Rd post code is WA12 0BJ
Call Brian on 07855197607
Very occasionally, due to severe weather or other serious event, a walk may be cancelled. In these instances a note will be added to the website at least TWO hours before Start Time. So do check the website before you set out, and if in doubt use the Contact mobile number.