Warrington to St Helens to The Sankey Valley Park Trail

Warrington to St Helens – ‘The Sankey Valley Park’

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A flat 9 milecycle routeĀ (one way)which takes you from Bewsey at Warrington along the
valley to St Helens famous in the past for its glass making and mining industries. Sankey Valley Park occupies part of the Sankey Valley. The valley follows the course of Sankey Brook and the now disused Sankey Canal. The park is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and anglers and the central section of the park is family orientated with children’s play features, a maze and lawned areas. Bewsey Old Hall sits on the edge of the central section

of the park.
Another well known cycle trail, The Trans Pennine Trail passes around 500 yards from the southern tip of the park. Along the route in several places the park opens up into open, lawned areas and features such as a hedge maze, a meadow, woodland and a wetland nature reserve. One main asphalt footpath stretches the length of the park whilst several narrower paths split from the main path in the wider spaces of the park. The central section of the park is family orientated with children’s play features and picnic areas. The Sankey Valley Trail is a traffic free cycle route. There is a train service between Warrington and St Helens should you wish to return by train make sure you check service details before your bike ride.

Starting from Lilford Avenue, Bewsey, Warrington which is situated near to Gulliver’s
World. Leave Lilford Avenue where it crosses over the canal/brook and descend on to the trail which runs alongside the waterside. At this point you will be cycling with the trees on your left. Continue to the end of the field area in front of you heading northwards towards
Winwick Quay. On the first stage of the cycle ride keep to the trail on the left of the water for about three quarters of a mile until you reach the area of Winwick Quay. From there you should follow the trail towards St Helens crossing some of the many bridges as you deem necessary.

Immediately after Winwick Quay you pass under the busy M62 and cycle past Burtonwood on your left in the distance. Burtonwood once was home to an RAF base which later became a strategic USAAF Base, now closed.

Continue along the trail for about 2 miles where you come to some houses on the right hand side of the trail. These are the suburbs of Earlestown and Newton Le Willows. Newton-le-Willows is a small market town with historical links with the railways with its Vulcan Foundry manufacturing steam trains. If you are looking to take a break along the route you will find a variety of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in Newton Le Willows to explore along with a lake.

Continuing along the trail for about two and half miles through open countryside the trail
takes you past a water treatment works. Continue along the trail for a further one and a half miles where you come to a park on your right hand side. This the St Helens suburb of Parr the end of the cycle ride.

From here you can if you wish make your way the short distance in to the centre of St Helens but from this point you would be cycling on busy main roads so take care. There are many shops, cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants for you to explore and enjoy in St Helens.

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