Sankey Valley Park

The historic Sankey Valley follows the course of England's oldest canal, linking St Helens with Warrington through to Widnes by footpath and cycleway.

Today this extensive, lush green corridor of woodlands, grasslands and water features is of immense value both for wildlife and recreation. Walkers and cyclists can follow the Trans Pennine Trail or explore the footpath network.

The central section of the park is family orientated with children's play features, a maze and lawned areas. Whether you enjoy walking, birdwatching, angling, cycling or just want to relax in beautiful surroundings the park has something to offer.

Download the Sankey Valley Park map [pdf]

Download the Sankey Canal history trail leaflet [pdf]

Discover the valley

The permanent orienteering course offers a challenging way to discover the park. Suitable for people of all ages, capabilities and levels of experience, orienteering packs are available from the rangers at £2 each.

Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is a coast to coast network of paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Within Warrington the trail follows the line of the now disused Timperley to Garston railway, the Manchester Ship Canal, Runcorn-Latchford Canal and the Sankey Canal. On Sankey Valley Park the Trans Pennine Trail joins the park at Sankey Bridges and is signposted west to Widnes. In the opposite direction the route crosses over the River Mersey and heads towards Stockton Heath.

How to find us

By car - The main car park is at Waterways, off Cromwell Avenue, with smaller car parks at Ledyard Close, North Park Brook Rd, St David's Drive, Lodge Lane, off Cromwell Avenue South and off Liverpool Rd, Sankey Bridges.

By bus - From Warrington Bus Station take bus no.18 to Callands or no.16 to Dallam

Angling Code

Fishing rights reserved to Dallam and District Community Angling Group for Stanners Pool and St Helens Canal.

The Sankey Canal is available for day fishing.

Brownlees and Whitegate ponds are leased to Penketh and Old Hall Angling Club for members fishing. For further information contact them directly.

Please note angling is NOT permitted on any other ponds in the park

  • anglers share the bank with other park users.  Please treat walkers and cyclists with courtesy and keep footpaths clear. Look out for others when casting
  • keepnets are not allowed except during matches
  • leave no litter, bait or food tins that attract vermin
  • all anglers over 12 years old must hold an Environment Agency Rod License. These are available from post offices.

Be safe

  • always check for overhead power cables. Never fish within 100 feet of them or walk beneath them with your rod upright.
  • although the water in canals and ponds is clean enough for fish to live in, it naturally contains germs which could make you ill. To minimise the small risk of this happening always cover cuts and abrasions and do not put line or any other fishing tackle in your mouth. Warrington's waterways are important wildlife areas - please take care not to harm or disturb wildlife.

Warrington's waterways are important wildlife areas - please take care not to harm or disturb wildlife. If you see wildlife, particularly swans, in distress please inform the bailiff or contact your local rangers or the RSPCA.

Wildlife and the environment

Both the keen naturalist and the casual visitor will find things of interest in the Valley. The more obvious daytime inhabitants such as squirrels, swans, butterflies and woodland birds are complimented by nocturnal foxes, owls, mice, hedgehogs and bats. Secretive species such as stoats and weasels, tree creepers, kingfishers, water voles and reed bunting are all there to be discovered.

Highlights in the meadow include orchids in late spring and a wealth of butterflies during the summer. The mature woodlands are picturesque at any time of year with the spring flowers and autumn leaf falls particularly stunning. For water plants, animals and birds look no further than the parks many ponds, Sankey Brook, the wetland nature reserve or the canal.

Warrington Nature Conservation Forum is a community based Local Agenda 21 initiative aimed at promoting nature conservation, undertaking wildlife surveys, protecting biodiversity and providing a focal point for interested people. If you would like to be involved please contact the rangers for more information.

Woodland Trust

Most of the mature woodlands within the valley are owned by the Woodland Trust, a charity concerned with the conservation of Britain's woodland heritage; safeguarding woods within the landscape, protecting habitats for the benefit of wildlife and encouraging public access and enjoyment.