During the summer months
we get the opportunity to get out and have some fun on the hill
behind Helsby. This is generally considered to be a damn fine
training run and even those members noted for disliking hills
seem to enjoy the workout. Don't be alarmed if this route sounds
awfully complex, you'll soon get the hang of it, just hook yourself
up with one of the regulars and you'll have no problems. (We often do
this as a muster run, with lots of rests!)
- Out of the club gates, turn left. Over the road, heading off to the right.
- Up Robin
Hood Lane and the Old Chester Road until we meet the skewed tee
junction with Alvanley Lane.
- Over the road and we hit the footpath
heading uphill until we hit Middle Walk around Helsby Hill. Left
onto this and we follow it around the front of the hill, right
over the stile at the end, and along the track.
- Where we hit tarmac (Hill
Lane North) we turn left and then left again at the T-junction
with Bates Lane.
- After about 400 yards there is a footpath through
a gate on the right hand side between houses, through the gate
we go, over a stile, across a field and down to a few houses
and a continuation of the path between gardens. Over a small wooden bridge
and a ditch there is another field which leads us onto a track
(with a small ford).
- The track takes us up to the Tarvin Road,
where we turn left followed quickly by a right turn up another
track. When we reach the woods we go through the little wooden
gate and head off left, along the level in the edge of the woods
with fields on the left.
- After a bit less than a mile
we come across a stone flight of stairs up which we ascend, turning
right at the top to stagger along Middle Walk of Frodsham Hill.
- We pass beneath Jacob's
Ladder and keep on going, picking up the Sandstone Trail and
clamber up a sandstone outcrop to run through the top of the
woods with Frodsham golf course on our left hand side and occasional
views over the Mersey on the right. Following the yellow Sandstone
Trail signs we go up and over Woodhouse Hill past the iron age
hill fort, in the dip beyond where the Trail goes right we carry
straight on along the path towards Shepherd's Houses.
- At the top
of the climb at the end of the woods we go right through woodland
and clearings at the top of Snidley Moor. Near the end of the
woods a path joins from the right, we double back along it and
shortly take a sharp left which leads directly downhill.
the force of gravity takes us down to a sandy track and the Sandstone
- Then Left along this until we reach tarmac - Ridgeway.
- Left again up the road then right following the Trail up steps
into woods. The Sandstone Trail takes us across fields to Commonside
(more tarmac) where we leave it and turn right back towards Helsby.
- At the crossroads with
the Tarvin Road we go right and downhill a few hundred yards
to a footpath on the left.
- Through woods and across fields brings
us back out onto Hill Lane North. Left up this past houses and
at its end through a metal tractor gate until the end of the
- Here a right turn takes us up onto the summit of Helsby
Hill. Soaking up the views over the Mersey to Liverpool and beyond
from the trig point and off right (do
NOT attempt to go straight on here!)
through the woods and back onto Middle Walk. Heading left back
the way we came leads us back onto Alvanley Road and left uphill
(the last bit of climb!) brings us to a car park and a gateway
on the right into the disused quarry.
- Down through the quarry,
out onto Sandy Lane, right at the end onto The Rock road then
shortly we rejoin Robin Hood Lane and it's a short sprint back
to the club house and a well earned beer.