This is a 38 mile long tour of the Water Towers of the Wirral starting from outside Port Sunlight Station at 10:00am.
The route is shown here on Komoot: Wirral Water Towers from Port Sunlight and visits the seven remaining water towers on the Wirral and the sites of two, now demolished, towers. The ride is Grade C with a few hills (remember water towers tend to be on top of the hills).
The nine water towers are:
- Prenton Water Tower, Tower Road, Prenton, replaced by an underground reservoir in early 1980’s
- Tranmere Water Tower, Tower Hill, Tranmere, opened in 1862, demolished in 1980
- Central Hydraulic Tower, Tower Road, Birkenhead, 1863 in the style of Pallazzo Vecchia, Florence by Jesse Hartley (designer of the Albert Dock)
- Wallasey Water Tower, Mill Lane, Liscard, built in 1860, Grade II listed
- Gorse Hill Water Tower, Gorsehill Road, New Brighton, opened in 1905, bombed in 1941, and not repaired until 1948
- Flaybrick Water Tower, Bidston Road, Bidston, opened 1865
- Poll Hill Water Tower, Tower Road South, Heswall, demolished in 1955
- Hinderton Water Tower, Quarry Road, Neston, 1884 by Alfred Waterhouse, who designed Manchester Town Hall & The Natural History Museum
- Bowater’s Water Tower, North Road, Ellesmere Port, built 1931, paper mill closed in 2010
Lunch is at the Blue Bicycle in Neston after 25 miles (between water towers 7 and 8)
[We pass Hooton Station at 29 miles for those who don’t want to do the full trip]
38 miles, Grade C
Created by John Hampson