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Explore the Mersey Forest in 2017

13 December 2016

Make a new year's resolution to get active by exploring parts of the Mersey Forest. Here's two suggestions: a brand new trail and a site much improved during the last year:
saltscape_banner.jpgThe new Saltscape Trail

Saltscape is the unique salt-shaped landscape in mid-Cheshire along the River Weaver. This brand new walking trail takes you through six miles of beautiful scenery passing attractions such as the Anderton Boat Lift, the award-winning Lion Salt Works and Northwich Woodlands. View full details and map of the trail.


The trail was developed and managed by the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM), as part of the Saltscape initiative.


Getting there:

You can walk to point 16 on the Saltscape Trail map in less than 20 minutes from Northwich railway station. Alternatively, take a bus from Northwich bus interchange to the Swing Bridge, and walk from there to Anderton Boat Lift (point 1 on the map). Car parking is also available by the boat lift (details on the map download).



Colliers.jpgThe reinvigorated Colliers Moss 

It was once a bleak colliery spoil tip, but over decades Colliers Moss near St.Helens has been transformed into a wildlife haven with lagoons, wetlands, woodlands and more. This year much work has been carried out to make the Moss a better place to visit, with overgrown paths cleared and heritage features rejuvenated. 


Getting there:

The entrance to Colliers Moss on the south side is about 20 minutes walk from St Helens Junction railway station. Alternatively, take a 31 bus towards Derbyshire Hill from St Helens Bus Station and alight at Concourse Way, walking a few minutes down Moss Lane to the northern entrance. 



For more ideas on walks and woodlands to visit, browse Discover the Mersey Forest 

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