38 miles, Grade C: Tour of Wirral’s Water Towers from Port Sunlight

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:

  1. Prenton Water Tower, Tower Road, Prenton, replaced by an underground reservoir in early 1980’s
  2. Tranmere Water Tower, Tower Hill, Tranmere, opened in 1862, demolished in 1980
  3. Central Hydraulic Tower, Tower Road, Birkenhead, 1863 in the style of Pallazzo Vecchia, Florence by Jesse Hartley (designer of the Albert Dock)
  4. Wallasey Water Tower, Mill Lane, Liscard, built in 1860, Grade II listed
  5. Gorse Hill Water Tower, Gorsehill Road, New Brighton, opened in 1905, bombed in 1941, and not repaired until 1948
  6. Flaybrick Water Tower, Bidston Road, Bidston, opened 1865
  7. Poll Hill Water Tower, Tower Road South, Heswall, demolished in 1955
  8. Hinderton Water Tower, Quarry Road, Neston, 1884 by Alfred Waterhouse, who designed Manchester Town Hall & The Natural History Museum
  9. 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