Pex Hill Observatory, Cronton

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Older maps show a Visitor Centre on Pex Hill, but the building now houses an observatory and a centre for countryside workers. The car park, picnic areas and footpaths all remain and make a good base for this walk. Cronton is a former mining village lying between the M62 to the north and Widnes to the south and the walk makes the most of this rural gap. Pex Hill is only 67m (220') high but has a most extensive view to the west.

England - North England - Merseyside - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife
31/03/2017 - Lynn Hancock

We enjoyed this walk today. It is very dog friendly. The navigation is excellent. The section nearest to the M62 is quite noisy with the road traffic nearby, and the least pleasant part of the walk. It was a clear day so we enjoyed the views on what was, overall, a lovely walk.

23/08/2013 - Robert Hughes

A pleasant walk probably best done on a clear day when you can take advantage of the views. Directions are excellent as usual though at WM 18 Jim's Photo from the field tempted me in that direction - which is incorrect. There is now a cycleway marker on a post about 15 metres beyond the fingerpost which is where you cross to the garden centre. It is also of note that the path around WM 15 has been upgraded with hardcore being laid where it was previously wet. The section on the disused road between WM 21 and WM 22 is rather uninspiring with three parallel metalled sections and street lighting (old and new!) but the return from the motorway which is only glimpsed briefly is interesting.

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