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(C) Liverpool to Chester via Halton Castle

10:30 Tuesday July 26 2022

Current Participants: 6 space(s) available
  • Coxhead, Harry
  • Etty, Barbara
  • Etty, Simon
  • Hampson, John
  • Hill, David
  • Hughes, Susan
  • Mace, Andy
  • Perry, Julie
  • Ross-Jones, Carolyn

    Moved from Wednesday 27th July to avoid the planned railway workers strike.  The same ride will be repeated on Wednesday 3rd August for those who cannot ride on Tuesday 26th July.

    This is a grade C ride of 40 miles starting at the Pier Head in Liverpool and travelling to Halton Castle for lunch (with a fabulous view – Drone above Halton Castle) and then on to finish at Chester Railway Station.  For those who went on the Wirral Millennium Mileposts ride, the route passes the only four Millennium mileposts in Liverpool.

    The ride leader, John Hampson will be at the Pier Head by the Beatles Statue at 10:15.  Trains from West Kirby arrive at 10:04 and 10:19, from New Brighton at 09:59 and 10:14, and from Hooton at 10:10 and 10:17.  The ferry from Woodside arrives at 09:50.

    The route goes out past the entrance to the Albert Dock (1st Millennium milepost), then past the bus station onto Hanover Street (2nd Millennium milepost), up Duke Street to the Anglican Cathedral, down Windsor Street to Princes Park (3rd Millennium milepost), through Sefton Park (4th and last Millennium milepost), up NCR 56 to Allerton and Childwall and onto the Liverpool Loop Line, where we stop for a quick snack.  Then down the Liverpool Loop Line to Halewood, through Hale Bank and Ditton, and across the Runcorn Bridge.  Then alongside the Bridgewater Canal to Phoenix Park and up to Halton Castle for lunch in the beer garden of the Castle Hotel.  The beer garden is the grounds of Halton Castle and has superb views over the Mersey Valley and the Peckforton and Welsh Hills. 

    The return trip goes back through Town Park and Brookvale to Sutton Weaver, then through Frodsham and up a steep hill (150ft in 1/2 mile) to Helsby then on up towards Manley and then on to Mickle Trafford, finishing along the Greenway to Chester, where you can get a Merseyrail train back to the Wirral; or cycle home under your own power.

    Here is the route on Komoot if you want to download a GPX file for the trip: Liverpool to Chester via Halton Castle

    Bookings no longer allowed on this date.