Delamere Forest: Helen Carroll 27 March 1974 – 6 March 2014

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.

In memory of Helen Carroll (Dr Helen White) 27/3/74 - 6/3/14 Always in our thoughts forever in our hearts

In memory of Helen Carroll
(Dr Helen White)
27/3/74 – 6/3/14
Always in our thoughts
forever in our hearts

Looking over Delamere Forest from the slopes of Old Pale

Looking over Delamere Forest from the slopes of Old Pale Hill

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Ingleton: Tracy Dryden 7 March 1973 – 12 March 2010

On the slopes of Ingleborough above Ingleton I found this bench that would be a welcome rest spot on a dry day, sitting as it does next to the main path up Ingleborough.

Tracy Dryden died very young at 37-years old and the bench plaque tells those with time to sit and reflect of an active woman who is very much missed: ‘A life of adventure – gone too soon’.

The Craven Herald news story tells that Tracy Dryden was a nurse who lived at the base of Ingleborough and was murdered in 2010.  Tracy Dryden was also a fell runner and the bench is on a route she often ran and was a favourite spot for her.  150 people took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the bench.

In loving memory of Tracy Dryden 7 March 1973 - 12 March 2010 Mother Daughter Sister Friend 'A life of adventure gone too soon'

In loving memory of
Tracy Dryden
7 March 1973 – 12 March 2010
Mother Daughter Sister Friend
‘A life of adventure gone too soon’

On the slopes of Ingleborough

On the slopes of Ingleborough