Our first outing of the New Year sees us visit Little Budworth Country Park. The park is located to the west of Winsford in Cheshire and can be reached off the A54 road that runs from Winsford towards Chester, or the A49 that runs from Warrington towards Tarporley,  for a map of the area click here. The weather was dull but brightened later, the temperature approximately 7˚C.

We follow the Heathland Trail around the park as shown in the photo on the left above. The circular walk takes us just over an hour to complete, but that was with several photo stops along the way. The paths are mostly flat, but are occasionally uneven and muddy after recent rain.
The woods consist mostly of Silver Birch and Oak Trees, some areas of the park have been cleared to make way for Heathland Restoration. I should imagine it is a very colourful place in late summer, when the large areas of heather are in flower.
It is quiet around the forest today and there doesn't seem to be anything happening at the adjoining racetrack, Oulton Park, as right photo above. Centre photo shows one of the many wooden sculptures on the trail.
Left photo above shows the aptly named 'witches brooms' on the Silver Birch trees, a dense growth of tangled twigs caused by a mite or fungus which attacks the young buds. Gorse in the centre photo. The image to the right, close to our return to the car park, shows one of the areas of open heathland at the park.


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