As we walked up the gravel path on the slopes of Old Pale Hill on a recent walk with friends, I found this bench that had clearly been newly erected in memory of Helen Carroll (Dr Helen White). Helen Carroll died at the young age of 39-years after a long illness and the sadness of the families loss and the love for her came through in the simple words on the plaque.
Of course, there are literary associations between the name Carroll and Cheshire, as Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who was born in nearby Daresbury and this also drew me to the bench.
The top of Old Pale Hill, although only 176m high, gives a 360º view over the Cheshire plain to seven counties: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire and at the top is a circle of stones to mark each county. Delamere Forest is a fantastic area of woodland in Cheshire with many trails for walking and mountain biking and is a favourite area for us, being less than an hour drive from Salford.