Glazebury, once in Lancashire, has since 1974 been Cheshire’s most northerly village.

The River Glaze is the county boundary and we cross it to enjoy Windy Bank Wood, a mixture of ancient woodland and new planting which is part of Greater Manchester’s Red Rose Forest.

We then walk through sheep pasture to see two remarkable old houses.

Having crossed the historic Liverpool to Manchester railway, the world’s first inter-city line, we skirt the Carrs – farmland which was once moss – to pass between paddocks back to our pub.

The Foresters Arms, a tiny place dating from the 1630s, has a forester with an axe on its weather vane.

A friendly community pub, it is popular with walkers, who, if they give notice on their arrival, may get a meal outside normal hours.

There are special rates for groups of two or more and the menu includes lamb Henry, rib eye steak, salmon in a peppercorn sauce, home-made pies and several different curries, plus a Sunday roast.

Tetley’s, Boddington’s and John Smith’s beers are available and there is always a guest ale on draught.

Open from 12 noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 12 midnight Monday to Friday, and 12 noon to 12 midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Food is served from 12 noon to 3.30pm Monday to Friday; 12 noon to 9pm Saturday; and 12 noon to 7pm Sunday.

Telephone: 01942 673418; postcode WA3 5LG Distance: 4½ miles OS map: Explorer 276 Bolton, Wigan and Warrington (GR: SJ670980) Starting point: The Foresters Arms, Glazebury.

Walkers may use the pub’s car park but do ask permission first.

How to get there: The Foresters Arms, Glazebury, is on the A574 Warrington to Leigh road, just south of its junction with the A580.

The Walk From the Foresters Arms, cross the road with care and turn left and then right onto a quiet lane.

Ignore the footpath sign on the right and cross the River Glaze. At the T-junction, turn right to walk between the river and pasture.

Take the first track on the left to pass a picnic table on the right and walk into the new plantations of Red Rose Forest.

Continue under the shade of more mature woodland into a wetland area where, in summer, you may see several varieties of butterfly, as well as damson and dragonflies seeking midges.

At a tree-shaded junction, go left and then right and then, after a stretch of open ground, ahead at a further junction to enter a wood of birch and rowan.

On emerging from it opposite Windy Bank Farm, turn left onto a broader track.

Where the track swings to the right, take a path on the left.

Go left at a junction and cross a stile into a meadow.

Turn half left and follow a well-worn path towards the railway.

On reaching it, turn right and then left to pass under the line.

Where the way becomes wider and paved, look towards the right for the beautiful Light Oaks Hall, a remnant of a once larger 17th-century house.

Where the track bends to the left, take the stile ahead into a field and look for another stile on the right.

Cross the meadow to a metal gate and a footbridge over the river to emerge onto the main road.

If you require refreshment at what is virtually the halfway point of the walk, turn right to the George and Dragon.

Otherwise, cross the road to a footpath sign.

Go along the field track to its end and then bear right.

Go ahead at the direction post, and on reaching the railway, turn left to pass through a gate on the right.

This is a busy line.

Cross it with care.

Go along a short narrow path which has good views to the right towards Glazebury church.

Turn right at its end.

Do take a closer look at the wood store on the left.

Dating from the 14th century, it was the great hall of an otherwise vanished house, Hurst Hall.

Keeping it on your left, go ahead through the farm gateway and turn left.

There are now excellent views towards Winter Hill in the Lancashire Pennines.

Cross a footbridge over the Carr Brook and then go right and left to walk along the right-hand edge of a field.

Having crossed a farm track, look for a stile on the right.

Walk along the right-hand edge of the field.

At its end, turn right onto a stony track.

Follow this between paddocks to eventually turn left at a T-junction.

There may be guinea fowl in your path as you approach Wards End Farm, where you should turn right.

Look out for the various waterfowl around the pond to your left as you return to the Foresters Arms.

Place of interest nearby: Kenyon Hall Farm, 4½ miles west of the Foresters Arms, has plenty to entertain the children, including a big adventure play area and, in late summer, a maize maze.

Adults have the opportunity to pick their own fruit and vegetables or visit the cafe or farm shop, where the local produce includes the farm’s award-winning jams and chutneys.

Telephone 01925 765531; postcode WA3 7ED More Pocket Pub Walks in Cheshire by author David Pill, published by Countryside Books, are available from local bookshops and