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Mersey Valley Timberland Trail

35 km / 22 miles

Passing through Lymm, the route connects with the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal and passes Lymm Dam, Grappenhall Wood, Appleton Dingle, Daresbury Firs, Windmill Hill and Halton Village. It is partly urban, mostly rural, taking in low-lying hills, woodland, parkland, farmland and sections of the Bridgewater Canal. It broadly follows the sandstone edge of the Cheshire Plain or drops to the Mersey valley below it, giving views from both levels. There are links with the Trans Pennine Trail and the Delamere Way. Lewis Carroll was born in Daresbury and Carroll’s father was the parson at All Saints Church, which features a stained glass window with characters from the 'Alice' books.

A route description may be downloaded free from the first website below. The route description varies in places from that shown on OS mapping, which agrees with the waymarked route 'on the ground'.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Named signs, black stylised tree, white background
Easy; Canal; Forest/Woodland; Urban; Literary
SJ702875 - Spud Wood, Oughtrington, Lymm, Cheshire
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SJ507816 - Runcorn Hill, Runcorn, Cheshire
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Walking the Mersey Valley Timberland Trail (Mersey Valley Partnership - 2001)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Route Profile:

34.1 Km (21.2 miles)
413 m (1,355 ft) ascent
76 m (249 ft)  maximum height