Help us make Walking Day a success

Walking Day Published: Monday, 18th June 2018

Warrington Borough Council is asking everyone to play their part in the safe and smooth running of Walking Day 2018.

It takes place on Friday, 29 June and organisers are gearing up for what is always one of the most popular, vibrant and exciting days in Warrington’s calendar.

This year’s event has presented some additional challenges, due to the ongoing regeneration work taking place in Warrington town centre. However, the council has worked hard to put arrangements in place - including rolling road closures - so that the traditional route can be maintained.

Vehicle access to Warrington town centre will be severely restricted, with the inner town centre effectively closed to all traffic from 7.30am, until approximately 1pm. Road closures will be strictly enforced.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundry, said: “Walking Day is a special occasion, which really sees Warrington at its best. I have so many happy memories of the day, especially waving to the Mayor after walking through our famous golden gates. With all the different bands playing and the children and their families feeling so proud and happy, it really is a wonderful Warrington tradition.

“I’m really pleased that, despite the huge amount of regeneration work going on in the town centre, we’ve been able to maintain the traditional route. We would ask everyone to make sure you are aware of which roads are closed and help us make Walking Day a safe, smooth and enjoyable event for everyone.”

The procession will leave Warrington Town Hall lawn at 10.30am and follow Sankey Street, Arpley Street, Museum Street, St Austin’s Lane and Friars Gate, where it will then turn right into Bridge Street to U-turn near Bridge Foot. It will then return up Bridge Street to Market Gate and Horsemarket Street.

Road Closures

Phase 1 - 7.30am
Closure of Sankey Street between Crosfield Street and Legh Street. 
Closure of Winmarleigh Street between Sankey Street and Museum Street. 

Phase 2 - 8am
Closure of remaining streets within the town centre, apart from those covered under Phase 3.  Access and egress to the new multi-storey car park and DW Sports Fitness will be maintained.

Phase 3 - 9am
Closure of Dial Street, Buttermarket Street, Academy Street and Academy Way.

In addition to this, there are four procession routes into the town centre. Rolling road closures will be applied to allow for the safe passage of the churches into and out of the town centre, before and after the main walk.

Route 1 - 9am
Closure of Church Street.

Route 2 - 9am
Closure of the outbound section of Knutsford Road from Grange Avenue, Latchford to Bridge Foot and across Bridge Foot into Bridge Street.

Route 3 - 9.30am 
Closure of Rhodes Street, Orford Lane, Pinners Brow, Tanners Lane, Midland Way, Legh Street and Bath Street.

Route 4 - 10am
Closure of Milner Street, Liverpool Road 

Walking day route 2018


The multi-storey car park at Golden Square will still be accessible all day via Midland Way, and access will be maintained to both railway stations. However, please expect delays when travelling into the stations.

Anyone expecting a delivery may wish to re-schedule, as access will not be granted during this time.

People are being urged to book their seat for the event. Tickets are now available for seating outside the golden gates on Sankey Street and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a seat, email or call 01925 444083.

The event will also be broadcast via ‘Facebook Live’. You can visit the Facebook pages of Warrington Borough Council or Warrington Market to see a live stream of the event as it unfolds.

The walking day route: