Astbury Mere near Congleton is a great spot to call in for a walk. Run by local volunteers, Astbury Mere has a visitor centre, a car park and a good short path of one mile around the mere. There is really no excuse not to visit. This is the site of a former sand quarry which stopped production in the 1980s. When the quarrying stopped local people fought to have access to the land. They now manage the country park and do a wonderful job of encouraging wildlife and visitors.
On our last visit in 2017 I found this memorial bench to Dev Patel which has a lovely view across the water. I wanted to know more about Dev Patel’s story and why he died so young.
Dev (or Devish) Patel sadly died in 2014 after crashing while riding his motorbike. His wife Becx describes him as an ‘… Amazing man with a kind soul.’ From my research it is clear that Dev Patel is very much loved and missed by his family and friends. Dev Patel was a keen motorcyclist and loved his Honda Blade motorbike, hence the ‘Ride in Peace’ epitaph on the bench. I was moved by the tributes to Dev Patel and also honoured to discover this memorial bench.