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Autumn Colours – Hockenhull Platts

17th November 2023 @ 6:06am – by Tarvin Webteam
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These photos were taken last weekend, continuing our quest for Autumn colours.

From Tarvin we passed through the Tarvin Woodland Walk, across the A51 by-pass and headed down to Hockenhull Platts along what is part of Baker Way .

On the way we met some Cheshire Scouts who were half way through a 10k hike, having started in Hoole (first picture).

We also met with Lucy and Shaneey who were crossing the packhorse bridges. They were both very keen to have their photos taken and published in Tarvin Online!

Excerpts from Wikipedia -

The Hockenhull Platts are three bridges southwest of the village of Tarvin. They are also known as the "Packhorse Bridges" or (erroneously) the "Roman Bridges", and are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as designated Grade II listed buildings.

Platts Lane originally formed part of the medieval road from London to Holyhead. In 1353 when Edward, the Black Prince, crossed the bridges, he ordered that 20 shillings should be spent on their repair. In the 17th century the surface of the road was disintegrating so badly that posts were set into the road to prevent the passage of carts, and it could be used only by pedestrians and horses. Goods were carried by convoys of packhorses led by a driver (or jagger) walking in front. The pioneer female traveller Celia Fiennes crossed the bridges in 1698, as did Thomas Pennant in 1780. The present bridges probably date from the latter part of the 18th century.

For the full Wikipedia article on Hockenhull Platts click  here.
For information and a map on Baker Way click  here.

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