Mersey Basin View - Bridgewater Canal

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A pleasant walk starting through the leafy glades of outer Warrington, the stunning vista of the Mersey Basin followed by one of the most picturesque stretches of the Bridgewater Canal, with the opportunity to visit the historic Walton Hall and Gardens.

This walk includes several different facets. Starting with a pleasant woodland stroll, it develops into an excellent photo opportunity. Dropping down to ground level the busy leisure activities of the Bridgewater Canal can be easily appreciated. The chance to sample the local heritage of the area together with modern-day amenities are available in Walton Hall and Gardens, prior to rounding the circle travelling through local farmlands, all within walking distance of one of the fastest-growing towns in the north of England.

England - North England - Cheshire - Mersey Side


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Restaurant, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/28/2014 - Norman Brannick

Completed this walk 28th Aug. 2014. Echoing Ian Humphreys comment about the car parking facilities at the reservoir, car park is no longer in use and blocked up, however just past the reservoir on the left approx. 200 yards along Park lane there is a small layby which I used to park the car. Walking back along Park lane with the reservoir on your left, turn right on the unmarked Hough Lane and continue with the directions from there. Great walk and calling in at Walton Hall is a must, with it's children's zoo and the hall itself. Bridgewater Canal always a pleasure to walk along..

7/16/2013 - Ian Humphreys

The Appleton Reservoir Car Park is closed permanently. We did the walk on 16/07/13 and it was closed and did not look as if it had been open for a length of time. This means there is no real car parking available to start this walk as there is nothing in the immediate vicinity. We were lucky and a home howner allowed us to park in front of his house whilst we did the walk. The nearest car park would be at the Walton Arms unless you start the walk in Walton Hall and join the walk at Walton Lea Bridge (Waymark 7 on the current guide). There is also no sign to identify Hough's Lane. It is the only road on the left hand side wlking from the car park but a better reference point is that it is approx. half way around Appleton Reservoir.

12/12/2012 - Ian Dodd

This is a lovely and varied walk, suitable for all abilities. Appleton Reservoir car park was closed when we arrived at 1pm on Sunday 9th December, although the sign said it would close at 3.45pm. If you carry on the road that skirts the reservoir, there is room for one car in the layby at the entrance to the anglers' private carpark.

2/8/2010 - A McNevin

Hi Bob, thanks for the walk. We did this last Sunday (7th Feb 10) and very enjoyable it was too. Just one clarification, Walking World site lists this as 5.8 miles....I think it's more like 5.8 Km. Thanks again. Tony.

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