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Raisth one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Rainford and St Helens.

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Grid Ref SD4779900848
Lat / Lon 53.50174° / -2.78844°
Easting / Northing 347,799E / 400,848N
What3Words jazz.knots.beam
St Helens
Grid Ref SJ5158295352
Lat / Lon 53.45270° / -2.73057°
Easting / Northing 351,582E / 395,352N
What3Words spines.shocking.amplifier

Raisth One's land is

Arable 30.3%
Urban 69.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


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12 Nov 2023 Autumn

A good straight forward, and mostly rural, route between Rainford and St Helens. It is a foot-only one, however, as there are two footpath sections across either rough terrain or narrow paths.

Starting in Rainford, with its bus stops, shops and pubs, we make our way along paved roads, until the industrial estate on the edge of the village. Here we join a farm track which eventually narrows into a footpath; both can be wet or muddy in places. The footpath runs along the edge of the industrial estate, and is mostly wooded.

It ends at a road, which is paved, leading us to our next turn onto another track. It can be very wet at times; at time of review, the start of the track had an inch or two of flood water, but soon rises onto higher ground. The track becomes metalled as we walk between the two halves of a golf course.

It becomes an unpaved road towards the end, but unused by traffic, and at its end we join a paved road, where we quickly join another footpath after a short section of unpaved drive. The footpath goes diagonally uphill across a farm field, then a bridge over the East Lancs Road.

We're now on the outskirts of St Helens. A track running alongside the cemetery at Windle (a quick diversion to the ruined medieval chapel if you like that kind of thing!), and then we're onto the streets of St Helens, all paved.

Skirting Victoria Park, then eventually onto North Road, downhill until the roundabout at the bottom, where we take Corporation Street past the town hall, bus station before arriving at yhe train station.

A good walk, with a nice rural middle.

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