The Cheshire Plain
is a relatively flat expanse of lowland almost entirely within the county of Cheshire
in North West England
. It extends from the Mersey Valley
in the north to the Shropshire Hills
in the south, bounded by the hills of North Wales
to the west and the foothills of the Pennines
to the north-east.
The Wirral Peninsula
lies to the north-west whilst the plain merges with the South Lancashire Plain
in the embayment occupied by Manchester
to the north. In detail, the plain comprises two areas with distinct characters, the one to the west of the Mid Cheshire Ridge
and the other, larger, part to its east.
The plain is the surface expression of the Cheshire Basin, a deep sedimentary basin that extends north into Lancashire and south into Shropshire. It assumed its current form as the ice-sheets of the last glacial period melted away between 20,000 and 15,000 years ago leaving behind a thick cover of glacial till and extensive tracts of glacio-fluvial sand and gravel.
The primary agricultural use of the Cheshire Plain is dairy farming, creating the general appearance of enclosed hedgerow fields.
Meteorologists use the term Cheshire Gap when referring to the lowlands of the Cheshire Plain, providing as they do a passage between the Clwydian Hills, in Wales on the one hand and the Peak District and South Pennines on the other. Weather systems are often guided down this "gap", penetrating much further inland than elsewhere along the coast of the Irish Sea.
Coordinates: 53°12′N 2°28′W / 53.200°N 2.467°W
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