Parks & Countryside
From formal parks to managed rugged countryside there is plenty of open space for you to enjoy. Award winning gardens in picturesque settings and wild heathland full of wildlife. From the vast Norton Priorty in Runcorn to the sweeping meadows of Pickerings Pasture, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Norton Priory has all the splendour of formal walled gardens, housing the national collection of tree quince, plus the informality of ancient woodland and sculpture trails.
Halton is part of The Mersey Forest the largest of what are known as community forests. Walks and cycle routes take you around the borough where you can almost lose yourself were it not for the well marked paths and bridle ways.
We are also fortunate to be part of a renowned 350 mile multi user long distance route. The Trans Pennine Trail network forms part of the cross country route from Hull to Southport. The TPT is an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders that link the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England (www.transpenninetrail.org.uk).
Halton has the most green flag award winning nature reserves in the area, promoting the countryside to everyone, with access for all and a scheme of quality assurance. Runcorn Hill and Pickerings Pasture are the latest awards to be gained in a region where the great outdoors is just on your doorstep.
Birdlife on the Mersey attracts watchers from all over the country, recent visits to drier parts of the area include waxwings from Europe and Russia.