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St Helens

Merseyside


Slow Ways linking St Helens and Billinge, Burtonwood, Eccleston, Haydock, Lea Green, Newton-le-Willows, Prescot, Rainford

England / Merseyside / St Helens

St Helens’s eight Slow Ways are 44% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 8/8
verified: 0/8
and surveyed: 0/8

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Slow Way Route To do
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 Review 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

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 48m Descent 49m
St Helens—Burtonwood
Sthbur two Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
St Helens—Haydock
Sthhay one Review me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 67m Descent 43m
St Helens—Lea Green
Sthlea one Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 43m Descent 16m
St Helens—Newton-le-Willows
Sthnew one

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 77m Descent 70m
St Helens—Newton-le-Willows
Sthnew two Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

54% of St Helens’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

13/13

drawn

13/13

reviewed

2/13

surveyed

0/13

verified

2 people have contributed to St Helens’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in St Helens

95km out of 95km have been walked and reviewed

110km of reviews have been shared in St Helens

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Another road crossing at Penkford Bridge, and we're into the Sankey Valley County Park, where the canal passes under its replacement: George Stephenson's monumental Sankey Viaduct, the first major railway bridge in the world. Here we exit the canal, over a bridge, and take a somewhat steep tarmac footpath up to the industrial estate above. At the station, we cross the railway using the stepped footbridge, then along the platform to a footpath leading to another set of platforms; Earlestown is one of those rare stations with four platforms on two different lines....

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It's a good route, but unfortunately at present it is impossible to walk this route in its entirety: the path between the sewage works and the bridge over the canal is currently closed for what looks like subsidence. So that's half a mile that's undoable. I've rerouted it on SthNew Two...

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St Helens—Newton-le-Willows

Hiking Historian added Sthnew two, a new walk from St Helens to Newton-le-Willows

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Eventually we reach Moss Nook, where, after a brief paved road walk, we join an unpaved road passing a garage, which gradually becomes a track. This empties out onto an unpaved residential road; as it's a dead-end we come from, traffic isn't an issue. A short stretch of paved road brings us to the next footpath that leads through Wheatacre Woods....

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Lastly, access to Wheatacre Wood can be made earlier than suggested by this route map....

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St Helens—Burtonwood

Hiking Historian added Sthbur two, a new walk from St Helens to Burtonwood

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This leads us to a road crossing and a paved road through a retail park. Once over the crossings of the main road, after a short walk we head down our first proper footpath: a tarmac track alongside an industrial estate. Eventually we hit Elton Head Road, and it's a short walk to the station (although it's a bit if a mess at the moment with so many building works)....

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Here we join a farm track which eventually narrows into a footpath; both can be wet or muddy in places. 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....

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Past Pocket Nook, the route is supposed to follow the canal north before looping around east, but it's possible to cut the bend using footpaths and a road passing past the industrial estate....

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Does what it says on the tin: an improved route that avoids the busy roads of the original....

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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 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!...

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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. Hinkley Road (residential) was nice enough, but it’s a pity the footpath through The Burgies appears to be unavailable....

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

Neil Summersgill 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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St Helens, Thu 18 April

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St Helens’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ5158295352

Lat / Lon

53.45270° / -2.73057°

Easting / Northing

351,582E / 395,352N

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