St Helens Walk
This large town in Merseyside has some nice waterside footpaths along the St Helens Canal and the nearby Carr Mill Dam to try. Part of the expansive Sankey Valley Park also runs through the area providing a scenic environment for walkers.
This walk takes you along the old St Helens Canal from the town to nearby Newton-le-Willows. You'll enjoy views of the Sankey Brook as you pass through a section of the Sankey Valley Park. There's lots of nice waterside sections with good views to the surrounding countryside as well.
Start the walk at the eastern side of the town where you can pick up a public footpath along the canal and brook. The path runs east, passing Ashton's Green and Newton Common before coming into Newton-le-Willows.
You can extend the walk by continuing along the canal to the Mucky Mountain Nature Reserve. At the other end of the canal there's another section of the Sankey Park in Warrington.
St Helens Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Walks near St Helens
- Sankey Valley Park - Enjoy a super, waterside cycle or walk in this country park in Warrington
- Carr Mill Dam - Enjoy a circular walk around Carr Mill Dam on this easy walk in St Helens.
- Warrington - This circular walk around Warrington includes nice waterside stretches along the River Mersey, the Woolston Cut Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal
- Billinge Hill - Climb to the highest point on Merseyside and enjoy fantastic views as far as Snowdonia in Wales on this walk in St Helens.
The walk starts in Longshaw where there is a footpath into the woods of the Billinge Plantation, just off Crank Road
- Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
- Rainford - This village is in a good spot for exploring the Mersey Forest
- Orrell Water Park - This park in the Orrell area of Greater Manchester includes two pretty reservoirs surrounded by attractive woodland and a buttercup meadow
- Stadt Moers Park - Explore 220 acres of meadows, woodland and ponds in this splendid country park in Knowsley
In the town centre head to the Cricketers Arms for some post walk refreshments. The friendly pub is well known for its extensive selection of ales. You can find the pub at 64 Peter Street with a postcode of WA10 2EB for your sat navs.
The park and canal make for a very pleasant dog walk. The Cricketers Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For great views over the town head north and enjoy a climb to Billinge Hill. The hill summit stands at a height of 179 m (587 ft) commanding fine views towards Great Orme in Wales, Blackpool tower, Greater Manchester, Winter Hill and the Derbyshire Peak District.