St Helens: Around the Town Sections of St Helens Canal

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This is a Town and canal circular walk to have a look at the final sections of the derelict St Helens Canal to its terminus. The walk therefore starts in the town center from a low cost multi-story car park, and as navigating a route along short town center roads with quick changing scenery is not easy there are a lot of waymarks to assist you. About two thirds of the route is along the Ravenhead Greenway, much of which has been created from the route of the old canal. There are a few anti-motor bike snickets and occasionally steps to navigate on the route, but no gates, stiles or other obstacles, and all of the footpaths are hard and often surfaced. The first sections could be improved as the canal seems to be dry and filled with tall rushes and weeds and the path has a deep wet ditch close alongside. Along the return route the weeds vanish and the canal becomes the original width and the numerous dropped bridges have created a series of deep water canal sections. These have been improved with attractive landscapes and as you progress along the walk you will notice several of them have been developed into short linear parks. The final section of the canal is alongside the same car park from where you started the walk.

The walk is suitable for teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between, it is also excellent for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs & buggies. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled. On your route there are numerous fast food outlets and other refreshments venues; many of them with public toilets. There are no picnic tables but you will find the occasional bench seat. There is a small Wetherspoons opposite the car park where you should be able to get a good meal with a drink; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Cheshire - Canal Walk

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Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Toilets

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24.9 Miles