This circular walk visits the lovely Wigg Island park between Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire.
The park sits in an interesting location, between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. The area is also deisgnated as a local nature reserve so is popular with local birdwatchers. It is named after Charles Wigg, who started an alkali works there in the 1860s to extract copper from its ore.
You can start the walk from the car park and visitor centre at the western end of the site. Then pick up a circular trail heading around the island for just over 3 miles.
PostcodeWA7 1LU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wigg Island Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wigg Island Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wigg Island OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wigg Island Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you cross the Runcorn Bridge you can pick up the Widnes Walk. This will take you along the Mersey Way to two local highlights at Hale Lighthouse and Speke Hall.
Head east 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks and the Merseyside Walks pages.