Follow the River Mersey from Warrington to Liverpool on this waterside walk through Cheshire and Merseyside.
The trail is often walked in two stages with the first section running from Warrington to Widnes, passing Paddington Meadows, Spike Island and Victoria Park on the way.
The second stage runs from Widnes to Liverpool, passing the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge and John Lennon airport, before finishing at Garston. Here you will find the lovely Speke Hall and Garston Nature Reserve. There are fine views across the Mersey Estuary and lots of wading birds to look out for here.
Near here you'll also pass the splendidly positioned Hale Lighthouse. The lighthouse dates back to 1906 and sits just to the south of the interesting village of Hale.
Mersey Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Mersey Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Mersey Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Mersey Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Speke Hall at the end of the route has a lovely National Trust cafe where you can refresh yourself. You can enjoy a cream tea here in the outdoor seating area in the attractive courtyard if the weather is fine.
Near Hale Head you could take a slight detour from the path to visit Hale village and the Childe of Hale public house. 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. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.