Hale Lighthouse Walk
This circular walk visits the Hale Lighthouse on the River Mersey in Cheshire. The lighthouse is a popular place for a walk with some splendid coastal scenery to enjoy.
The walk starts in the village of Hale where you can follow footpaths down to the River Mersey. Here you'll find the lighthouse which sits on a sandstone cliff overlooking the beaches and saltmarsh of the river. Historically the structure used to mark the southernmost point in Lancashire. It was established in 1838 and then modified to its current state in 1906.
You can then enjoy a walk along the cliff top path where you can look out for a variety of wading birds along the river. There are fine views here over Dungeon Banks and Eastham Sands to Ellesmere Port on the opposite side.
PostcodeL24 4AX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hale Lighthouse Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hale Lighthouse Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hale Lighthouse OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hale Lighthouse Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the village head to the excellent Childe of Hale for some post walk refreshment. The pub is named after John Middleton, a local giant, born in the village in the 16th century. He is thought to have been one of the tallest people in history at over 9 feet tall. Today the associated pub serves quality food and has a good sized garden area for warmer days. You can find them opposite the war memorial at 6 Church End with a postcode of L24 4AX for your sat navs.
The coastal paths make for a fine bracing dog walk and the Child of Hale pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Trans Pennine Trail and the Mersey Way run through the area, providing an opportunity to extend your walking on waymarked trails. If you follow them east they will take you into Widnes while heading west will take you towards John Lennon Airport and the splendid Speke Hall. Heading east will take you along the river to Widnes and Warrington.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.