St Helens: Blackbrook - St Helens Canal - Pocket Nook - Sankey Valley Park - Blackbrook

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Although the latter sections of this walk along the burbling Blackbrook are in very attractive woodland and along excellent paths, in the main this is more a walk for the canal enthusiast and industrial archaeologist; and in particular those interested in canal reclamation. All of the paths are good, several over grass, but mostly surfaced or having compacted chippings. The latter may be a bit muddy in winter or after heavy rain, although the cascading waterfalls at the old locks will be at their best (photo on the right). There are no stiles or kissing gates, but you will come across several heavy-duty snickets to help keep motorbikes out. Except for the odd squirrel and lots of dogs you are unlikely to see any other animals on this route. Most of the route is along green corridors or over parkland and despite quite close to a large town there is only a short section along residential streets. Footbridges are all substantial, mainly steel, and the route is quite level but with some very gentle slopes in places. There is one small children's playground.

The walk is suitable for children, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, good for buggies and OK for the adventurous wheelchair user who can take an assistant. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled, but boots will be best if there has recently been heavy rain as some paths could be muddy with numerous puddles. There should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. On one section wheelchair users may find some small secateurs useful. On your route there are no refreshments or toilets except at the pub at the start and finish, and no shops. On some sections there are numerous picnic tables and if you book in advance, you should be able to get a good meal with a drink at the pub; an excellent finish to a good walk.

England - North England - Merseyside - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland

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