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Eccleston—St Helens
Eccsth one Double check Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 23m Descent 30m
Eccleston—St Helens
Eccsth two Review me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 28m Descent 36m
Prescot—St Helens
Presth one Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 31m Descent 82m
Prescot—St Helens
Presth two Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Rainford—St Helens
Raisth one Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 58m Descent 69m
St Helens—Billinge
Sthbill one Double check Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 93m Descent 37m
St Helens—Billinge
Sthbill two Verify me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 85m Descent 28m
St Helens—Burtonwood
Sthbur one Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 48m Descent 49m
St Helens—Haydock
Sthhay one Pioneer me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 67m Descent 43m
St Helens—Lea Green
Sthlea one Pioneer me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 43m Descent 16m
St Helens—Newton-le-Willows
Sthnew one Pioneer me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 77m Descent 70m
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St Helens, Mon 28 November

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St Helens’s Slow Ways starting point

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SJ5158295352

Lat / Lon

53.45270° / -2.73057°

Easting / Northing

351,582E / 395,352N

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The first half of this route, starting from Prescot, used suburban housing streets as far as possible, to avoid the main road slog of PreSth One, although after the small shopping street of Prescot, there was about mile of main road. The background traffic noise only disappeared when I reached The Meads playing fields. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a dependable route through here and still had to stay on the suburban roads. On reaching Thatto Heath there was a pleasant park alongside the railway, which had a couple of benches. Thatto Heath nature reserve had cycle barriers and a stile, and also a large puddle I had to skirt via the grass, and one short steep section through woods. The view from the top was good, and it was nice to be away from roads for a while. I spotted moorhens, coots, and a cormorant. There are a multitude of possible paths on the heath. From the highest point, the obvious path down was slightly different from the plotted route, as shown on my map picture, but either would work. The route along the A570 was made easier by a cycle track set back from the road, including a bridge with stairs and slope access. The final section of the route was alongside the disused St Helens Canal, which included an easy level crossing over the disused railway which had blocked the canal!...

Mary Oz

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I though this was a very good route. The first part of the disused St Helens Canal had unbelievably clear water. The second part (after the road crossing) was a bit more isolated and it was necessary, as defined, to leave the canal where the route was blocked for footpath improvements which seem a long time coming. The diversion goes through a typical vehicle-based industrial estate (where roads are for vehicles to move along and pavements are for vehicles to park on). Hinkley Road (residential) was nice enough, but it’s a pity the footpath through The Burgies appears to be unavailable. The woodland footpath around the lake at Carr Mill was delightful. It was accessed via a hotel car park and four rough footpath steps. There were some signs suggesting it was private land, but lots of locals were using it, and I was assured that the signs were only about angling rights. There was a bench along here, and it was a bit muddy in places. After passing Nineteen Arches bridge, the route crossed onto Carr Mill Old Road, a pleasant track through trees and alongside fields. This eventually became a tarmacked quiet road into Billinge....

Mary Oz

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Only Carr Mill makes it awkward for wheeled users, but otherwise a goid route....

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Eccleston—St Helens

Hiking Historian added Eccsth two, a new walk from Eccleston to St Helens

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There is one small section that doesn't work, however: there is no crossing over Kirkland Street from Albion Street to gain access to the footpath and beyond, so I've rerouted this section slightly in ECCSTH Two....

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Mostly fully accessible route for all users; most junctions have ramped crossings or low kerbs, but there's the odd high kerb that may impede progress for wheelchair users. Fully paved throughout, although it's mostly an uninteresting suburban wander. Shops at both ends with nearby transport links....

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St Helens—Billinge

Hiking Historian added Sthbill two, a new walk from St Helens to Billinge

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First, from St Helens, the route is very road-heavy, when there's a perfectly good footpath running alongside the old canal; second, the footpath through The Burgies doesn't exist; third, an inexplicable spike to Carr Mill pub, rather than just crossing the road; and fourth, another road walk, when Carr Mill Woods are right next to it with nice shady footpaths. I've amended the route to take in these changes....

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Prescot—St Helens

Mary Oz added Presth two, a new walk from Prescot to St Helens

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A good urban, mostly residential, route, using paved roads throughout. Good shops at either end, with some along the way, and, with the aid of ramps at crossings, accessible to all users....

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St Helens—Haydock

nsummers123 added Sthhay one, a new walk from St Helens to Haydock

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Eccleston—St Helens

Slow Ways added Eccsth one, a new walk from Eccleston to St Helens

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Prescot—St Helens

Slow Ways added Presth one, a new walk from Prescot to St Helens

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Rainford—St Helens

Slow Ways added Raisth one, a new walk from Rainford to St Helens

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St Helens—Billinge

Slow Ways added Sthbill one, a new walk from St Helens to Billinge

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St Helens—Burtonwood

Slow Ways added Sthbur one, a new walk from St Helens to Burtonwood

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St Helens—Lea Green

Slow Ways added Sthlea one, a new walk from St Helens to Lea Green

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St Helens—Newton-le-Willows

Slow Ways added Sthnew one, a new walk from St Helens to Newton-le-Willows

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