Tuesday Summer Run 1 - Canal & Keckwick Hill

Full Version 10.2 miles / 16.6km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068555

Whole Route

Instructions

  1. Leave Broomfields via the main gate, bare right and turn right on to Dingleway, then left into Bridge Lane. Follow Lumb Brook Road for just 100m until you pass under the bridge, turn immediately right to go up the footpath that leads to the canal towpath.
  2. On reaching the canal towpath turn right. The run now remains on the canal towpath for a number of miles passing in turn; the London Bridge Pub, Hough Lane Bridge (Cut off 1a & 1b), Walton Gardens, the Walton Arms (Cut Off 2) underneath the Chester Road (Toast rack) bridge, Thomason Bridge (Cut off 3) and the General Store at Moore (Cut off 4)
  3. Leave the canal and exit right up Keckwick Lane passing the daresbury labs, past the roundabout until before entering into Daresbury Firs via a style. (Cut off 5) Follow the path up through and down out of the woods before emerging on Delph Lane.
  4. Turn left and run up Delph Lane until you reach Chester Road. Take Care crossing Chester Road and continue on 30m, pass the bus stop on your right and turn left onto Old Chester Road. Follow Old Chester Road into Darsbury Village, when you reach the Ring O'Bells pub turn right onto Darsbury Lane.
  5. Follow Daresbury Lane to its end opposite the Hatton Arms. Turn left onto Warrington Road, then first right into Goose Lane. Goose Lane has houses on both sides and eventually runs out at a gate.
  6. Follow the obvious footpath keeping the large area of trees on your left hand side, the footpath runs through a small thicket of trees and bushes which can drain badly in wet weather. Continue along the footpath until it runs out onto an uneven gravel path / roadway, follow this to the right & eventually coming out onto Firs Lane.
  7. Follow Firs Lane, gaining height until at the top you reach the cemetery gates.Turn right into Windmill Lane. At the end turn left into Quarry Lane which drops sharply, at the bottom turn left into London Road.
  8. Cross London Road at the traffic Lights, and turn next right into Broomfield's Road, continue on until the main entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre on the right

Cut off 1a: Whitefield Rd (5.8km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068047
  1. Exit the canal at hough lane bridge onto Walton Lea road. Continue down Walton Lea road passing Warrington sports club which then turns into Whitefield rd.
  2. Continue up Whitefield road passing Red ln on the right before turning into Cawdow St, this then turns into Orchard st.
  3. At the junction with London rd turn right up London rd, before turning into Dingle way and back to Broomfields.

Cut off 1b hough lane (4.4m /> 7.2km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068040
  1. Exit the canal at Hough Lane Bridge and go over the humpback and up Hough Lane.
  2. Continue up Hough Lane and at the junction turn left into Park Lane and then continue left in Firs Lane.
  3. Follow Firs Lane, gaining height until at the top you reach the cemetery gates. Turn right into Windmill Lane. At the end turn left into Quarry Lane which drops sharply, at the bottom turn left into London Road.
  4. Cross London Road at the traffic Lights, and turn next right into Broomfield's Road, continue on until the main entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre on the right.

Cut off 2: Walton Arms (5.5m /8.8km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068270
  1. On reaching the Walton Arms come off the canal towpath and cross the canal using the hump back bridge, this is Warrington Road, continue running away from the Walton Arms until you come to the cross roads.
  2. Turn left into Park Lane, once you reach the reservoir on your right; turn left into Hough's Lane. At the end of Hough's Lane turn right into Walton Lea Road. Follow Walton Lea Road until the small traffic island, continue straight on the road now becomes Whitefield Road. After 400m there is a junction of five roads, with a telephone box on the right.
  3. Take the second road on the right Red Lane; continue over the canal, after the allotments turn left into Birchdale road. At the fork in the road, go right into Birchdale Crescent, at the end turn right and cross London Road.
  4. After 100m turn left into Broomfields Road, continue on until the main entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre on the right.

Cut off 3: Holly Hedge Lane Cutoff (5.9m / 9.5km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068370 Cut-Off 1
  1. Exit the canal at Thomasons Bridge (the bridge after the toast rack bridge). Go over the bridge and follow the path which eventually turns into Thomasons Bridge Ln. At the junction turn left into Holly Hedge Ln.
  2. At the junction of the A56 take care crossing the round before continuing into Park Lane & up the hill passing the reservoir on your right. This road bears right, changes to gravel (Firs Ln).
  3. Follow Firs Lane bearing right & gaining height & then drops down. Turn right into Windmill Lane at the top of red lane. At the end turn left into Quarry Lane which drops sharply, at the bottom turn left into London Road.
  4. Cross London Road at the traffic Lights, and turn next right into Broomfield's Road, continue on until the main entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre on the right.

Cutoff 4: Moore Nature Reserve (8.6m / 13.9km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5069295 Cut-off 2
  1. On reaching the General Store at Moore, come off the canal onto Runcorn Road and turn right.After 100m turn left into Moore Lane, continue over two railway lines and downhill to the Swing Bridge.
  2. At the cross roads (this is the entrance to the Nature Reserve) continue straight on, the road now becomes Lapwing Lane.
  3. Take the second footpath on the right through the gate and follow the obvious path which bends to the right over a wooden footbridge. Continue on into a small meadow (look out for rabbit holes).
  4. At the stile do not go up the steps, but turn left and continue along with the lake on your left. At the end of the path go left again on a very wide path (the railway will now be on your right above you).
  5. At the end of the path turn right and go under the two railway bridges, almost immediately come off the road to the left onto the obvious footpath which is signposted as the 'Transpennine Trail'. Follow this along with houses on your right until you reach Chester Road via a flight of steps.
  6. Turn left and cross Chester Road using the Pelican Crossing and continue straight along the obvious footpath through the stile, slightly down hill. Follow this footpath around to the right past the flooded quarry, to the front of the houses on Greenhal's Avenue. The footpath goes around the side of the last house on the right of the row, then immediately left as it reaches the Ship Canal.
  7. Continue along the path with the Ship Canal on your right, pass Morrisons on the left until you reach London Road at the Swing Bridge.
  8. Turn right, cross the bridge and continue through Stockton Heath. At the cross roads continue straight on up London Road, over the canal.
  9. After the London Bridge pub turn left into Dingleway.
  10. When you reach St Monica's Church turn Right into Broomfields.

Canal to Keckwick & Return via A56 Cycle Path (8.6m / 13.9km)

https://www.strava.com/routes/5068433
  1. Continue to the top of keckwick lane passing the entrance to Daresbury Firs on your right & bear left on to the A56 Cycle Path. Crossing Daresbury expressway at the traffic lights, before continuing down the hill. Just after passing hollyhedge lane cross the A56 and turn into park lane.
  2. Park Lane & up the hill passing the reservoir on your right. This road bears right, changes to gravel (Firs Ln).
  3. Follow Firs Lane bearing right & gaining height & then drops down. Turn right into Windmill Lane at the top of red lane. At the end turn left into Quarry Lane which drops sharply, at the bottom turn left into London Road.
  4. Cross London Road at the traffic Lights, and turn next right into Broomfield's Road, continue on until the main entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre on the right.