Visit one of Halton’s Outdoor Highlights this Autumn
Autumn has arrived, as the leaves turn shades of oranges and reds, and the air gets crisper, It’s a great season for outdoor walks and wildlife spotting. Halton has a treasure trove of trails and landmarks to explore this Autumn.
Kick-start your journey by visiting the magnificent Norton Priory Museum and Gardens. Immerse yourself in its rich history, explore the ruins, and wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens. The priory offers a captivating glimpse into the past as the gardens transform into a spectacular display of oranges, reds, yellows, and golds for the Autumn season.
Just a 10-minute drive from Norton Priory, you’ll find Wigg Island, a historic nature reserve and park in Runcorn. Situated on the bank of the River Mersey, this Island is a popular spot for locals, visitors and wildlife. The circular route around the island offers spectacular views of iconic bridges and its surroundings, take a pit stop at one of the picnic tables or bird hides and take in the atmosphere.
The Sankey Canal in St Helens is a former industrial canal, which when opened in 1757 was England’s first of the Industrial Revolution and the first modern canal. The canal runs into Spike Island, which is a local man-made island with fantastic views across the Mersey and of the bridges. It is hard to believe that it was once at the centre of the British chemical industry during the Industrial Revolution.
It also forms part of the Trans-Pennine trail. The Liverpool Line, as part of the Trans-Pennine Trail, is approximately 10 miles (16km). With points where you can leave the trail at convenient locations for public transport. A great route for both cyclists and walkers, enjoy the great outdoors this autumn season. The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum sits by the canal. At the top of the museum, there is a wonderful glass viewing area with panoramic views of the Mersey and Spike Island.
For those wanting to take a leisurely Autumn stroll, The Bridgewater Way is a regeneration project which involves a 39-mile (65km) leisure route for walkers and cyclists along the Bridgewater Canal. Keep your eyes peeled along the canal towpath and spot the wildlife stencil stations. The canal’s picturesque views and calming ambience offer an escape from the bustling city. Starting at Wat Phra Singh UK and finishing at Red Brow Lane, near Preston Brook Marina. Keep your eyes peeled for Woodpeckers, Stag Beetles and more.
Across the Mersey Gateway Bridge, located in Widnes, you’ll find Spike Island. This man-made island was at the centre of Britain’s chemical industry and known for hosting the iconic Stone Roses’ 1990 gig which ‘defined a generation’. Take a stroll along the tranquil trail and soak up the views. Why not grab your bike and head out on a ride around the island? With free parking on-site, you can take your time and explore the island with its footpaths, cycle paths, canal walks, woodland and wetlands and its abundance of outdoor activities. The site is just a quick journey over the Silver Jubilee Bridge, the nearest train station is Runcorn Station.
Also in Widnes, Pickering’s Pasture, distinguished by its prestigious Green Flag Award and acres of wildflower meadows is the ideal location for your Autumn walk. Overlooking the picturesque upper Mersey estuary, the reserve offers a peaceful place, perfect for leisurely strolls in nature while you observe the wildlife.
Pickering’s Pasture has surfaced paths wind along the waterfront, making it accessible for visitors with pushchairs and wheelchairs to explore the reserve. It’s an ideal destination for a short walk, or you can extend your walk, venturing to Hale Village where you will find quaint hatched roof cottages and the Childe of Hale Statue. With free parking and ample grassed areas where you can marvel at the wildflowers and birds, creating a truly immersive and delightful experience for nature lovers of all ages.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your walking boots and explore Halton this autumn to discover the wealth of scenic landscapes and trails.