I have had a blog in one guise or another for about 10 years. I originally started with a blog sort of in the voice of my beloved dog Peggy. I have written about this before, but basically I wanted to show people where to go for good local dog walks and I thought it was boring from my own point of view. However in the “voice” of Peggy it became fun and entertaining to write and hopefully to read.
Since we have moved to Newton, we have discovered a few lovely little places to walk, but it has to be said, we were spoiled because right at the bottom of our road, there was direct access to Sankey Valley and a good few miles of paths, canals, streams, wildlife, dog walks and open spaces around which to ramble and run.
M and I revisited some of those places yesterday and were delighted to see all the restorative work that has taken place. The paths were all wider and more even and all the foliage and trees had been cut back to almost reveal what was always there. More of the canal is visible than ever before and I can highly recommend going down there for a little explore.
The two entrance I know best are from Cooper Lane and Wagon Lane in Haydock.
The best postcode for Cooper Lane sat nav purposes is WA11 0JH. There are on-street places to park at the bottom of both of these streets, right before the footpath starts, but no car parks as such.
From both of these paths it’s about a 0.8km walk down to the canal path, if you turn left, you will be heading towards Newton-le-Willows and if your turn right, you will be heading towards Blackbrook and St Helens.
The path towards St Helens provides a path which follows the canal with newly opened stretches of water, places to fish and eventually, just behind Blackbrook rugby club, a beautifully newly renovated lock and water cascade.
The paths towards Newton-le-Willows provide a beautifully wide expense of canal, several paths, fishing pegs, and a beautifully calm and lovely place to walk, run and cycle.
It was a total JOY to spend a sunny afternoon walking the paths that we trod SO many times with our beloved Peggy. We have seen them with snow, rain and sunshine and loved every second of their company. We love our new house to bits, but we miss not having this 60 seconds away from our front door.
But, if you live close by, I encourage you to go and check it out, you would hardly know it’s there from the main road, but it’s SO lovely.