Vale Royal, situated in the heart of Cheshire , has some of the finest countryside and attractions in the country. Complemented by a wide range of high quality places to stay, Vale Royal is the ideal destination for day trips and longer stays.
The Vale Royal story begins in the 13th century with a former King of England. During a violent storm at sea on his return from the Crusades , Prince Edward, later King Edward I , vowed that on his safe return he would found an abbey in the county of Cheshire, of which he was the Royal Earl.
The abbey was founded in 1277 in what Edward declared to be 'Vale Royal, the fairest vale in all England'. Vale Royal's history can be traced back to Roman times and beyond. There is much evidence of Iron Age settlement, although the influence of the Romans is more tangible. It was they who almost certainly first discovered brine springs along the Weaver Valley, thus founding an industry that remained the area's staple occupation for centuries. This industrial heritage can be traced in detail through fascinating displays at the Salt Museum and the Lion Salt Works at Northwich .
Crucial to the salt industry was the Anderton Boat Lift . The Lift is now restored and is one of Britain's most impressive pieces of Victorian engineering. It enables boats to be lifted over 50ft between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Additional reference to the past can be found at the Linmere Visitor Centre , Delamere Forest. Visitors can learn about the Norman hunting forests of Mara and Mondrem which covered much of the Borough during the Middle Ages or enjoy woodland walks through the modern plantations which have replaced them.
Vale Royal has an abundance of meres, canals and rivers which means there is a wide variety of water based activities . Narrow boats can be hired for cruising the Cheshire Ring, while sailing and sailboarding are catered for along with the ever popular activities of angling and bird watching.
For those who like to walk, Vale Royal has an extensive network of footpaths to suit all abilities. Serious walkers can enjoy the more challenging long distance trails such as the Sandstone Trail.
Vale Royal is the ideal place to visit. Come and see for yourself.
Tourist Information Numbers
If you like this, Share it
This page visited 11717 times since 28th April 2009
Previous destinations of the month:
Starry Starry Night, Look You – Dark Skies Tourism, South Wales | Mills and Hills in Central Lancashire, Lancashire | Get Fit on the North York Moors, North Yorkshire | A West Country Christmas – Dorset in December, Dorset | Nottinghamshire – Rural and Urban, Nottinghamshire | The Test Valley, Hampshire | Ashdown Forest, Sussex | The Rugged Northumberland Coast , Northumberland | The Resorts of North Devon, Devon | The Queen's London, London | Denbighshire , North Wales | York and Its Surrounds, North Yorkshire | The High Weald of Kent, Kent | Leisure, Luxury and Retail Heaven in Leeds , West Yorkshire | Rejuvenate Yourself in Rejuvenated Belfast , Belfast | Seasonal Fun in Brum, West Midlands | Autumn in the Southern Chilterns, Buckinghamshire | Cheshire Peaks and Plains, Cheshire | Essex’s Colne Valley, Essex | Cardigan Bay, West Wales | South Wales Valleys, South Wales | Highland Perthshire, Perthshire | South Downs National Park, Sussex | Royal Wedding London, London | Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire | The Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Oxfordshire | Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire | Edinburgh at Christmas, Edinburgh and the Lothians | Marvellous Manchester, Greater Manchester | The National Forest, Derbyshire | East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Lothians | Regency Brighton and Hove, Sussex | Isle of Purbeck, Dorset | The Somerset Levels, Somerset | Llandudno, North Wales | Hereford, Herefordshire | Cheltenham, Gloucestershire | Bristol, the Great West City, Bristol | Weardale, County Durham | Festive London, London | Islay, Isle of Islay | Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast, Lancashire | The Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire | Land of the Prince Bishops, County Durham | The North Cornwall Coast, Cornwall | Torbay, Devon | Dumfries & Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway | West Highland Way, Argyll | Caithness and Sutherland, Highlands | Harrogate & its Surrounds, North Yorkshire | Sheffield, South Yorkshire
On this day: