10 wonderful walks in the Warrington area
PEOPLE definitely have the walking bug.
Warrington Ramblers secretary Susan Richardson said that in the past year of lockdown people have truly discovered the joys of walking and exploring local routes and beauty spots.
“And there are some really wonderful green spaces and areas of natural beauty in and around the city,” she says.
And, judging by the number of inquiries they get, she adds, “They can’t wait to continue enjoying what’s on offer and staying fit and healthy in the great outdoors with friends sharing. the same ideas.
The Ramblers – Warrington is part of the larger North and Mid-Cheshire group – is a traveling charity that works to protect and expand the places people love to walk and to promote walking for health.
So we asked Susan and her team to take some great local walks within an hour of Warrington for you to try…
Walton Hall and Gardens and Appleton Reservoir
Walton Gardens is a beautiful area of parks, woods and gardens which can be accessed from several points around Higher Walton.
It also contains Walton Hall, a petting zoo and children’s play area, pitch and putt, cafe, and beautiful heritage greenhouses that have been recently restored – so it’s a great place to take the whole family. From the gardens there are walks along the Bridgewater Canal to Stockton Heath.
The nearby Appleton Reservoir is also easily accessible from the park and there is a trail all around and it is popular for fishing. There are many paths and walks in various directions and for different lengths.
Lumb Brook Valley and the Dingle at Appleton
There are two beautiful wooded areas that run through the Lumb Brook Valley and the road from end to end, crossing Dingle Lane, forms a great promenade, with many points of interest for families and children.
This route can be integrated into longer routes and is a really interesting walk any time of the year, especially in spring when it is carpeted with bluebells.
Moore Country Park
This is a really interesting area of woods, meadows, lakes and ponds located between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. There are many walks in the area, but a specific four mile walk departs from the car park where Moore Lane and Lapwing Lane meet, just north of the Manchester Ship Canal (WA4 6XE). If the parking lot is not open, there is always plenty of street parking.
1. Start with the path that goes to the right at the entrance to the parking lot, along the embankment bordering the road, which then becomes a gravel path leading into the woods. Steps bring you to a gate where you turn right, following a sign for the Pump House pool and the eastern reed bed. The Birchwood Pool is on the left and one of the first of many bird hiding places on the promenade. Continue past the Pump House Pool on the left, then steps lead you to a wider track. Going left, the Acton Grange railway viaduct is on the right. Continue for a moment in this direction.
2. You will reach a sign on the left for the Trans Pennine Trail. Turn left here and follow the sign for Colin’s Hide, along the old Runcorn and Latchford Canal. After a long stretch, steps lead you up to a wide track. Go left here towards Colin’s Hide. You will pass a lookout with a view of the viaduct and find yourself at a T-junction with the path you were on near the start. Go right, retrace your steps, pass a fenced building marked as a “deep borehole”, then go down the steps to the right. Upon reaching the gate at the end of the Birchwood Pool, head right onto a grassy path following a sign for Runcorn and Latchford Canal.
3. The path goes deeper into the trees, crosses a few short boardwalks, then turns left again along the old canal. Continue straight until the path meets Lapwing Lane, then cross over and take the path in front of you.
4. A long straight line passes Lapwing Lake on the left. Go left at the sign for the Raptor Watch viewpoint, go up a few steps, then right to the viewpoint. Continue on the same path and turn left following the sign for Lapwing Lane car park, cross a grassy area and descend steps to get to the starting point.
Around Keckwick from Daresbury
This walk is longer – five miles – and takes you from the Warrington boundary and back.
1. Start at Ring O Bells in Daresbury Village (WA4 4AJ) and turn left out of the car park and walk to Chester Road. Cross carefully and walk down Keckwick Lane opposite, then turn left into a wood-lined entrance and up the steps onto Keckwick Hill.
2. Continue to the end of the forest into a young pine grove known as Daresbury Firs.
Follow the path down the hill through the pine trees to Delph Lane, where you turn left. After a short distance, turn right along the track to Crow’s Nest Farm.
3. Before reaching the barnyard, turn left onto the marked permissive path towards Red Brow Lane. Turn right onto the path that descends steeply through a gorge. Pass under the Bridgewater Canal aqueduct and up the steps to the right to the canal towpath. Turn right at the top of the steps and follow the canal to a bridge near the highway. Turn right crossing the old wharf to Marina Village. Turn right again through the houses, then take the next right to the edge of the canal in front of the marina.
4. From there turn left to cross the canal bridge and left again onto the towpath, which you follow to the Norton Bridge. A few meters before the bridge, turn right on a farm track, go under the railway tracks, cross Wharford Farm, go under the next railway bridge and go up to the canal. Turn left along the towpath here, past Daresbury Laboratory to Keckwick Lane Bridge. Go up and cross the bridge, up Keckwick Lane, cross Chester Road back to the Ring O Bells.
This is located on the edge of the village of Lymm, just outside of Warrington. The dam was created in the 1800s and consists of an upper dam and a lower dam in the village itself. It is a beautiful area very accessible for walking – and ideal for families.
It is only about two miles around the dam, but the walk can be extended and incorporated into longer walks, especially along the Bridgewater Canal and around the very pretty village.
Woolston New Cut and Paddington Meadows Woolston Park
Just off Hillock Lane in Woolston and very close to the town center is a lovely linear park with meadows, wetlands and woodland walks. It also contains play areas and is therefore ideal for families. It’s about 3.5 miles.
Park at Hillock Lane (WA1 4NF) and head towards the creek, then walk south through Green Lane and Manchester Road.
At the New Cut towpath turn right to cross a bridge on the left, and follow the river west. Keep the river on the left to the towpath at Paddington Lock, then follow the towpath to Woolston Park.
Woolston Eyes, Latchford Locks and Westy Park
This is a slightly longer walk of about seven miles, starting as in the walk above. When you reach the New Cut, turn left and walk to the end of the canal. At Woolston Lock, cross the River Mersey on the Weir Bridge and follow the trail to the Ship Canal.
Continue along the canal past the Penny Ferry and turn right just before the roadworks until you reach an elevated bank.
Get off at Westy Park and head to the northwest corner and follow the river to the pump station. Turn left through the woods to reach the river.
Cross the Kingsway Bridge and follow the river on the opposite bank, heading northeast to the New Cut Trail at Paddington Lock. Return to Woolston Park along the trail.
Risley Moss and Birchwood Forest Park (WA3 6QX)
This is a really delightful area of moss habitat, trees, and options for new hikes. There are maps and trails highlighted around the entrance and the Ranger Center, along with several information signs.
Walks in the area can be as short or as long as you want. There is parking at the entrance and the area is accessible by bus or train to Birchwood Station which is approximately 1 mile away.
Culcheth Linear Park
This is a pretty linear park north of Warrington, created from a disused railway trench. It is very popular with dog walkers and offers walks in the woods and a picnic area.
There are many options for extending walks in Culcheth and Croft by taking side trails in the park that connect with longer trails.
There is parking at Wigshaw Lane (WA3 4AB)
Walks in and around Croft Parish
Croft is set in beautiful countryside and contains many public walks offering miles of walks which can be short or long.
There are three pubs in Croft – the Horseshoe Inn, the General Elliot, and the Plow, and many walks can start and end at any of the pubs.