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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Situated just a couple of miles from Market Drayton town centre, Walkmill Meadows is a beautiful 6 hectare country park that sits against the banks of the River Tern. Apart from one minor gradient near the entrance, Walkmill Meadows has otherwise flat and reasonably well surfaced paths, and several benches along the 1km path.

Surveyed by: , March 2011 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.6 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The site is situated off the Dalelands Estate, Market Drayton. Car Parking is available at the main site entrance off Summerhill Gardens. Postcode - TF9 1DN . Grid Ref: SJ 668332.

CarPark The site is situated off the Dalelands Estate, Market Drayton. Car Parking is available at the main site entrance off Summerhill Gardens. Postcode - TF9 1DN . Grid Ref: SJ 668332.

Visitors with wheelchairs may require assistance on the loose surfacing on the car park.

Surface Visitors with wheelchairs may require assistance on the loose surfacing on the car park.

The kissing gate can open away from the hooped enclosure with the use of a RADAR key. Without one, the latch opens the gate forwards into the enclosure.

Gate The kissing gate can open away from the hooped enclosure with the use of a RADAR key. Without one, the latch opens the gate forwards into the enclosure.

The kissing gate allows sufficient space allowance for wheelchairs, but with little room to spare.

Width The kissing gate allows sufficient space allowance for wheelchairs, but with little room to spare.

 

Path

Well compacted earth path on entry to the site. The path has become worn on one side of the edging boards. This area may become muddy during periods of wet weather.

Surface Well compacted earth path on entry to the site. The path has become worn on one side of the edging boards. This area may become muddy during periods of wet weather.

A gradual descent towards the T-junction, as seen ahead.

Path A gradual descent towards the T-junction, as seen ahead.

Bear right here.

Direction Bear right here.

Bear right again, following the surfaced path on the right-hand fork.

Direction Bear right again, following the surfaced path on the right-hand fork.

The condition of the path improves as  compacted stone is used on the surface. The path is approx. 1.4m wide.

Surface The condition of the path improves as compacted stone is used on the surface. The path is approx. 1.4m wide.

 

Path

The first rest area is approximately 100m along the path, offering pleasant views across the meadows.

Seat The first rest area is approximately 100m along the path, offering pleasant views across the meadows.

A raised section of path has been constructed over an area which is liable to become muddy.

Surface A raised section of path has been constructed over an area which is liable to become muddy.

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Continue straight-on

Path Continue straight-on

Breaks in the path are created by a concrete platform. The path is unsurfaced for the next 10m, but it is well-compacted.

Surface Breaks in the path are created by a concrete platform. The path is unsurfaced for the next 10m, but it is well-compacted.

Follow the left-hand fork.

Direction Follow the left-hand fork.

 

Path

A picnic bench is located off the path.

Seat A picnic bench is located off the path.

Pleasant views of the meadows. An extrended table-top allows wheelchair users access to the picnic bench.

Seat Pleasant views of the meadows. An extrended table-top allows wheelchair users access to the picnic bench.

 

Path

On the left, the path follows the River Tern and gradually becomes unsurfaced and muddier as it is liable to flooding. The path on the right is level and surfaced throughout.

Direction On the left, the path follows the River Tern and gradually becomes unsurfaced and muddier as it is liable to flooding. The path on the right is level and surfaced throughout.

A steep cross slope may unsettle some visitors.

Gradient A steep cross slope may unsettle some visitors.

View of the River Tern. Dragonflies are commonly seen in this area in the summer and even Kingfishers, if you're lucky!

View View of the River Tern. Dragonflies are commonly seen in this area in the summer and even Kingfishers, if you're lucky!

The stone path becomes a rougher, worn-earth surface. Ahead is another rest area which is situated next to a pond (to the right of the picture).

Surface The stone path becomes a rougher, worn-earth surface. Ahead is another rest area which is situated next to a pond (to the right of the picture).

View of the pond.

View View of the pond.

Although flat, this area of the path is unsurfaced and is likely to become muddy, and possibly flood, during wet weather.

Surface Although flat, this area of the path is unsurfaced and is likely to become muddy, and possibly flood, during wet weather.

A newly constructed, raised boardwalk leads further into a muddier, but no less pleasant area.

Step A newly constructed, raised boardwalk leads further into a muddier, but no less pleasant area.

The condition of the path improves along this section of the trail. Constructed with well-compacted stone, the path is 1.6m wide.

Path The condition of the path improves along this section of the trail. Constructed with well-compacted stone, the path is 1.6m wide.

 

Path

Another rest area is placed in an open position with lovely views across the meadows.

Seat Another rest area is placed in an open position with lovely views across the meadows.

A surfaced area provides easy access to the bench.

Path A surfaced area provides easy access to the bench.

 

Path

Bear right here.

Direction Bear right here.

Continue straight-on.

Path Continue straight-on.

This section of the trail has fequent rest areas.

Seat This section of the trail has fequent rest areas.

 

Path

The path surfacing deteriorates slightly here. This is due to a build up of leaf litter on the path.

Path The path surfacing deteriorates slightly here. This is due to a build up of leaf litter on the path.

Visitors have options here: to retrace the route on the surfaced path (left), or to follow an unsurfaced figure of eight route on the right. You decide!

Direction Visitors have options here: to retrace the route on the surfaced path (left), or to follow an unsurfaced figure of eight route on the right. You decide!

The right hand path follows the River Tern, upstream.

Path The right hand path follows the River Tern, upstream.

 

Path

An old bench overlooks the River.

Seat An old bench overlooks the River.

Enter a small copse.

Path Enter a small copse.

 

Path

Visitors may find tree roots and rough ground restictive.

Surface Visitors may find tree roots and rough ground restictive.

 

Path

A muddy section of the path. In prolonged wet weather weather this area may become flooded.

Surface A muddy section of the path. In prolonged wet weather weather this area may become flooded.

Access the River via informal paths on the right hand side.

Path Access the River via informal paths on the right hand side.

River Tern.

Viewing Platform River Tern.

 

Path

Enter a small copse to regain the main path.

Path Enter a small copse to regain the main path.

The path on the left leads back to the car park.

Path The path on the left leads back to the car park.

Follow a gradual ascent back to the main car park.

Gradient Follow a gradual ascent back to the main car park.

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