Upton Strollers

Updated - 19th January 2018.

WATERWAYS WALK

Thanks to everyone who came on the last walk. The next circular walk will be on Thursday morning, 15th February 2018. The Chester & Merseyside branch of the IWA has also been invited along. The walk will include an optional pub meal afterwards. Using a map first find Newton-Le-Willows in north Cheshire. The 3½ mile walk starts in the southern suburbs in the centre of Earlestown at a free shopper's car park in Lord Street. Grid ref: SJ 573 953. If you are using a SatNav, enter the post code WA12 9NJ which is close, or the co-ordinates: 53.45311, 002.64401. There are good street signs for it as you get close. Toilet facilities should be available nearby at Weatherspoons. Those who wish to have lunch will also be going there. We will meet at 10.00 to count numbers for lunch, and start the walk at 10.15.

This circular walk will be about 3½ miles long, and will proceed at a slow pace taking about 2 hours. It will be along hard footpaths in excellent condition and mainly of tarmac or compact grit & sand, most of it along the Sankey Valley Trail. Along here is an isolated section of the disused St Helens Canal still in water. At Vulcan Village we start the return route through parkland at the edge of an estate, then climb out of the valley alongside the Mucky Mountain Nature Reserve; returning to Wetherspoons for lunch. There are some chicane barriers but no stiles or gates.

If you’re intending to come you can let me know by email (use the link under the photo), or just turn up. It’s unlikely any parts will be muddy so any stout footwear will be fine. You are welcome to bring other family members, children, and friends; and you can bring your dog along too, but the route will be very difficult for buggies & wheelchairs. If you’ll be coming along for the first time you will be especially welcome and we look forwards very much to meeting you.
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All our walks are at a slow pace and between two and five miles long, with a half-way rest & drinks break, and other regular rests if needed. Local residents and anyone who Googled us are welcome to join our walks. (Walks may be cancelled if it’s very wet on the day).

I often take exercise to S.U. Canal bridge 134 (by the Zoo) and sit for a while on the bench seat there. If you would like to meet up there for a chat just message me from the link under the photo. If you would like to help me survey new routes for walks; please let me know and we can have that chat. If you would like to contact me about anything at all please send an email, you can use the link on the right, under the photo.

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