The St Helens Canal (or Sankey Canal) opened in 1757 and was the first canal in England. It ran for 15 miles from St Helens to Spike Island In Widnes, along the path of Sankey Brook. The canal was abandoned in the first half of the 20th century.
Sankey Valley Park is a country park in Warrington. The linear park follows a section of the St Helens Canal and Sankey Brook. A tarmac footpath runs through the park and is popular with cyclists, runners, and dog walkers.
There’s a few picnic tables here and there plus a few piece of play equipment in the central area. Wider sections of the park boast open lawns.
The park offers a habitat for wildfowl such as ducks and swans.
Bewsey Park is a an area at the centre of the park. It is largely woodland and runs from the Gulliver’s World Theme Park to Bewsey Old Hall. It was once home to barracks for RAF Burtonwood, once the largest airbase in the UK and home to thousands of American servicemen during World War II.
The park offers several car parks. Options include the Bewsey Car Park and the Waterways Car Park.
Bewsey Car Park is located at the Lilford Avenue (postcode WA5 0AW). The Waterways Car Park is located near Waterways (postcode WA5 0AW).