Is there a spot in the County that inspires you – an area of outstanding natural beauty, a local park or a little nook or cranny?
My Cheshire is an online exhibition celebrating the places that mean something to you, your family and friends.
It’s a completely open exhibition – anyone can enter – with only a few simple rules to follow.
Now that Winter has finally eased its grip a little, it's the perfect time to get outside for a wander and an explore. So brave the grey skies, embrace the intermittent sun, and take a photo of the place in Cheshire that's important to you – we would love to see it!
My Cheshire is a joint project between Cheshire West Libraries and West Cheshire Museums. The exhibition doesn’t have an end date, so we'll keep adding your pictures for as long as you want to keep sending them to us. Pictures will be added weekly, on one of seven possible days.
Once upon a spinning wheel, many spindles ago, the world stopped turning for a year or so.
The girl took to wandering and loved to explore the green lanes and byways close to her door.
She savoured the old names of woodlands she crossed, the spinney, the rough, the garth and the moss.
In covert, common, waste and gorse, she built strongholds of calm on forested floors.
Newchurch Common is a calm, peaceful oasis just off the Whitegate Way that runs between Winsford and Cuddington. It is a haven for birds. I can spend hours gazing across the water, leaving cares and worries behind, looking at the reflections in the water and how the colour of the water varies with the light quality and the changing seasons.
Claire from Sandiway Library
In the furthest eastern corner of the Diocese of Chester lies Chadkirk, once home to the Northumbrian missionary St. Chad.
A place of outstanding natural beauty and home to curious and inquisitive wildlife, it is for many, (me included), a much-needed haven of calm, peace and tranquillity.
Richard Hall – Development Officer
The beautiful mere, country fields and charming woods at Marbury Country Park are a great place to unwind and enjoy the uplifting power of nature. It is also a chance to investigate local history with the remains of a former stately home. Dog lovers and ramblers alike revel in the delights this Cheshire jewel has to offer whatever the season.
Fiona, Library Service
A rare day out in summer 2020. A place of peace and tranquillity in a chaotic time.
Sally, Lead Librarian, Northwich, Winsford and Rural Areas
I walk down the lane most days and love to watch the seasons change and it reminds me of the Robert Frost poem ‘Dust of Snow’.
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Jill at Northwich Library
Frosty Lockdown Walk
The morning air stirs the senses and wakes the world,
Trees, fields, sky,
Rooks, sheep and distant traffic,
Icy breath and toasty toes.
The sun beams through the trees,
Not long now for the glistening frosty carpet to reveal its day time glow.
Plump buds remind that spring will come and this long dark winter will go.
Councillor Louise Gittins – Leader of the Council
As soon as I saw this tree I thought as I often do ‘wow plants are so good at surviving in difficult conditions.’ From where I was it was unclear whether the sandstone had eroded back to where the tree is or whether the tree has grown on the edge. I guess its story is a cliff hanger!
Louise at Storyhouse
During the first lockdown the weather was brilliant and I cycled a lot around Chester. On one of these trips I rode my bike along the river Dee and passed these modern pieces of art. They can be found right behind the Chesterbank Business Park on the river walk.
Maike at Storyhouse
Castle Park was one the first places I got to know when we moved to Frodsham, and I have watched it change with the seasons for nearly seven years now. My new-found love of bird-watching flourishes here, with nuthatches, redwings, song thrushes, and woodpeckers all regularly spotted.
Heather Vernon – Local Studies Librarian
Christleton Duck Pond is the best place to visit if you want a relaxing time with peaceful thoughts away from the stresses and strains of life.
Annette at Storyhouse
This pond is near my house. It's in Great Sutton and is at the top of my road. It’s a little haven and a place that my dog Maggie loved as well as myself. She's gone over Rainbow Bridge now but I always refer to the pond as my Maggie's pond.
Ellen at Ellesmere Port Library
View from Bickerton Hill - to me, this is a place of solitude, a place to wander free, a place to escape and lose myself in the sights and sounds of the natural world.
Cari Roberts from Storyhouse Library
This is just one of the beautiful views in Great Barrow, looking over to the Welsh Mountains and also views of Peckforton Castle and Beeston Castle. Just one of my regular walks I do with my dog Alfie. For me it gives me the feel good factor and makes you appreciate what is on your doorstep, especially during the struggles of lockdown.
Jane from the Cheshire West Mobile Library
This view is important to me because it reminds me of my dear mum, she loved the tree and often commented how beautiful it looked specially at sunrise. The photo was taken on a very frosty morning, after the sun had come up, but whilst it was still casting an orange glow across the field.
Liz, West Cheshire Museums
I only moved to Northwich 4 years ago and had never heard of the area and certainly never heard of the Anderton boat lift. It has now become my almost favourite place to visit – I love the contrasts in old and new. My grandson has been visiting with me since he was two years old and he always asks me Grandma can we go to the boat lift.
The Meadows, Chester, taken from Barrel Well Hill, Friday 22nd January 2021.
I was cycling through Boughton, what I saw astounded me. I had never seen flooding like this before on the meadows. I had to capture it.
This is the view from Bickerton/Larkton Hill over the village of Brown Knowl. A lovely walk to get up to the top and spectacular views over the countryside towards the Wirral and Wales.
Janet at Sandiway Library
Taken from Kitty's Stone on Bickerton Hill early one morning as the cloud inversion started to clear, giving views to Harthill as the clouds gave way to fields.
Birch trees amongst the snow on Bickerton Hill.
Thank you everyone for so kindly sending us your pictures and thoughts of the places that are important to you. We really do appreciate it (and it's giving us ideas for future days out!)