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"Pointless Rivers" around Audlem?

31st December 2021 @ 6:06am – by David Dunford
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This article is by courtesy of Cheshire Life and David Dunford

This walk from Audlem has plenty of interesting points, including an encounter with a Cheshire river you might not have heard of.

Like many counties, Cheshire's boundaries frequently follow rivers, and it occurred to me the other day to challenge myself to name them all – before cheating and looking them up on the map.

For simplicity, I adopted the boundary defined by Cheshire West & Chester, and Cheshire East, and ignored anything not named as a river by the Ordnance Survey. And then I thought of the TV gameshow Pointless, the quiz where contestants win by choosing the most obscure answer. So, with the caveats above, and in my best Alexander Armstrong voice:

'Name a pointless river that follows the Cheshire border.'

I reckon the Mersey and Dee would be the big scorers – that is, the obvious answers, which are the worst ones to choose. Better would be the Weaver, Bollin, Dean, Goyt or Dane (the last of which flows past the famed beauty spot of Three Shires Head, where Cheshire meets Derbyshire and Staffordshire). But did you think of that all-important pointless answer? This month's walk will lead you to what is surely the metaphorical jackpot.

The answer in the full article article by David can be viewed by clicking here

Many thanks to Chris Knibbs for bringing this to our attention

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