When it comes to walking territory, Crewe straddles the border between refined rural walks with finesse, complete with all the grandeur of dipping hilltops and soaring landscape, and the more urban retreat, studded with venues which proffer informative and unique perspectives on local history and development. Be it architecturally, via landmark, or naturally, via bare, open space, a walk in any of the neighbourhood grounds will see you coming across archives, documentation and revival in spaces and authoritative natural resorts which make these typical features really come into their own.
Nowhere does the classical image of green pasture and meadows far and wide come into its own, in this way, more so than at Crewe Hall. Prominently set-back into expertly landscaped gardens and stately ornamental surroundings, the manor showcases the way concrete and nature unify, brushing up against each other to create displays of regional patrimony and pride. A walk among the grounds here is a walk which explores the essence of the community, and the way it has changed over time, governed by differing needs and social restraints.
For the more urban dweller, Nantwich Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Market Hall, Crewe Heritage Centre and Reaseheath Mini Zoo, equally as central and unique, offer an easy-to-follow and direct walking route when combined, proving a tempting and rewarding amble through some of the finest localised premises. Contained and specific, these sites prove that you don’t need to stray far to find yourself brushing up against nature, serving as a reminder of how picturesque and well-maintained the area is.
Other areas, further out, do also retain their own sense of preservation and strong cultivation. Quaker’s Coppice is lined with deciduous woodland, made up of oak, silver birch, holly and twisted hornbeam. It’s a must-do for any tree-spotter, with so many species set side-by-side in a luxurious array of height, colour and growth. Lovers of such laid-out pastoral space can find similar appeal at Joey the Swan; an attractive area of countryside visited frequently by walkers for the distinct and varied routes on offer, again featuring notable ancient trees. Trees, and the photogenic picture they create, are a significant part of the countryside in these parts, having a pronounced effect on the visuals and headline scenes.
Scenery is, all in all, what walks here come down to. Whether provided with a new vantage point from which to see the quaint or alluring, or an excuse to visit a never-before-seen local monument or edifice, cultivating a walk using the landmarks of Crewe is a creative and flexible process, with emphasis being on experience and the reward rather than any essential extensive pre-planning or vigour.