This Cheshire based town has some fine walks along the river and canal which run through the area. There's also an excellent waterside park with connections to the town's chemical industry history.
This walk from the town follows the Mersey Way west to visit two of the local highlights of the area at Hale Lighthouse and Speke Hall.
The walk starts at Spike Island in Widnes. This lovely local park is located next to the St Helen's Canal and the River Mersey in the town centre. The area is thought of the birthplace of the British chemical industry and is now a splendid green space on the banks of the Mersey Estuary. From here you can pick up the Mersey Way and the Trans Pennine Trail and follow the waymarked trails west towards the Runcorn - Widnes Bridge. You continue west along the river for about 3 miles before coming to the pretty village of Hale. From here you can access a footpath down to the photogenic Hale Lighthouse. The lighthouse is in a splendid position with great views over the Mersey to Ellesmere Port.
The route continues west along Dungeon Banks to Speke Hall, passing John Lennon Airport on the way. The National Trust owned hall includes a Grade I listed house surrounded by lovely parkland and gardens. After exploring the hall the route returns to Widnes on the same paths.
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Walks near Widnes
- Hale Lighthouse - This circular walk visits the Hale Lighthouse on the River Mersey in Cheshire
- Mersey Way - 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
- Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
- Speke Hall - This circular coastal walk visits the National Trust owned Speke Hall in Liverpool
- Warrington - This circular walk around Warrington includes nice waterside stretches along the River Mersey, the Woolston Cut Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal
- Sankey Valley Park - Enjoy a super, waterside cycle or walk in this country park in Warrington
- Wigg Island - This circular walk visits the lovely Wigg Island park between Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire.
- Appleton Reservoir - This walk visits Appleton Reservoir Warrington.
At the start/end of the walk there's a lovely waterside cafe on Spike Island for refreshment.
On the route you could stop off in Hale village to visit the popular Childe of Hale. 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.
It's a fine walk to do with your dog though you are asked to keep them on leads around Speke Hall. The Childe of Hale mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east and you can try the circular Warrington Walk which visits the River Mersey, the Woolston Cut Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal.
If you cross the bridge you could try the Runcorn Walk which visits Runcorn Hill. The old sandstone quarry is now a nature reserve with great views over the estuary. Head east from Runcorn and you'll find the worthy village of Daresbury. The village is notable as the birthplace of of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll who was born there in 1832. It includes the Lewis Carroll visitor centre where you can learn all about his life and try the 'Lewis Carroll's Boyhood Walk' which runs from Daresbury church to the site of the parsonage, passing through fields and lanes that the young Carroll would have known.
Just opposite Spike Island you'll find Wigg Island on the outskirts of Runcorn. The attractive waterside park is deisgnated as a local nature reserve so is popular with local birdwatchers.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks and the Merseyside Walks pages.