Sankey Valley Walk

Today has been a lovely day in the Lysons household, despite the fact that my lovely husband M, is really not very well. He has in fact had a lingering coughy/cold thing for the last 3 weeks and this weekend the cough is doing it’s best to interfere with all our best laid plans.

However, after a little day of rest yesterday, we decided to get out and about today and go for a walk. We were toying with the idea of having a walk around Carr Mill Dam, but then we saw a tweet from our local councillor who was out along the Sankey Canal in Newton-le-Willows filming with a Google 360 camera and we had a change of mind.

We have lived in N-le-W for a couple of years and have ventured along the canal before, but not for a while. So we thought, why not?! We parked here:

There is a postcode on Google Maps, but we found that this didn’t work very well. BUT, if you use the postcodeย WA12 8RA ย and that should take you close enough to pick up the brown sign which should point your right at the car park.

The car park is without facilities, but is free and right next to the very pretty and recently renovated bridge over the canal:

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So we crossed over the bridge and walked as far as we could to the right, and even made it past the Nine Arches bridge. It was lovely to see all the paths much wider and settled since the last time we went and we had the most brilliant little walk. It was bloody FREEZING and we both had to wrap up, but I think I have said before, never the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes!

Anyway, we ended up walking a couple of miles:

and finished the day with a toastie at Costa Coffee. Brilliant.

So if you are looking for a little walk, I can really recommend the canal walk. Large paths and free parking, what more could you need? A little local jewel.
G x