BebingtonEllesmere Port

Bebell four
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By Mary Oz on 28 Jul 2023


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Description

Third set of tweaks to the original! This unashamedly adds a couple of hundred meters by passing through the heart of Port Sunlight. It also adds a much more pleasant route from the A41 at Childer Thornton, down the other side of the churchyard, and then on through the trees rather than the grass of the golf course

Third set of tweaks to the original! This unashamedly adds a couple of hundred meters by passing through the heart of Port Sunlight. It also adds a much more pleasant route from the A41 at Childer Thornton, down the other side of the churchyard, and then on through the trees rather than the grass of the golf course

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade U: Currently ungraded.
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Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
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Maybe present Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
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Obstacles

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Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
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Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
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Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

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The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 21.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 23.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 4.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

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Bebington
Grid Ref SJ3333084942
Lat / Lon 53.35715° / -3.00317°
Easting / Northing 333,330E / 384,942N
What3Words rods.reduce.choice
Ellesmere Port
Grid Ref SJ4036976506
Lat / Lon 53.28217° / -2.89584°
Easting / Northing 340,369E / 376,506N
What3Words relax.improving.eagles

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Mary Oz

15 Feb 2024 Winter

I walked most of this route in July 2023 and then walked the alternative route between Port Sunlight Station and Bebington Station (through Port Sunlight) in February 2024.
I had been looking forward to this walk, as I grew up in the middle of it! Walking from Ellesmere Port, I had hoped to find a less roady way, but north of the railway here it is all very industrial, so I started with a long, dull, pavement walk.
Reaching Rivacre, I was near the site of an open-air swimming pool I used to use. (There is also a garden centre near the end in Port Sunlight, which has replaced another open-air pool where I learned to swim!)
Progressing through the golf course, I used the footpath through the woods as being safer than the busy flying balls zone, and then walked along the south wall of the churchyard.
The garden centre on the A41 was handy for refreshments and toilets. I found School Lane (from Childer Thornton) to be fairly quiet and pleasant, but Hooton Road B5133 was pretty busy with fast cars, and visibility to cross from the south (to the single pavement on the north side) was very poor. Also, the pavement was a bit narrow due to an overgrown hedge (late July) for 100m of it.
After crossing under the M53, I was back to an extended section of housing to pace along. There were quite a lot of cafés and shops near Bromborough Station, to break up the journey.
I was very glad to get into Dibbinsdale Woods at Bromborough Rake Station – definitely not an unnecessary dog’s leg for me. I loved following the River Dibbin, going through Otter’s Tunnel under the railway, and then heading through what used to be called Brotherton Park the other side. Maybe I am biased as this was all my childhood playground. It has changed a bit though, it is now much more of a wetland wildlife area, full of tall reeds, with a few information boards.
The cycle track from Spital Dam to Port Sunlight was new to me, and was quite a pleasant way to arrive into the gorgeous Port Sunlight. Even the railway station is quite cute, like a Swiss cottage.
I walked through the centre of Port Sunlight village past lots of lovely and varied housing, and municipal buildings, and I like this route better that the road alongside the railway.
There were some lovely woods and green spaces for such a suburban area, but really there was quite a lot of (unavoidable) pavement pacing, mostly in uninteresting areas, and that road crossing at Hooton was a bit nasty. But… lots of facilities, especially in the first and last thirds, and TEN stations along the way, with frequent services. Is that a record outside London?.


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