Commute through Warrington area?

montage

God Almighty
Location
Bethlehem
I am working in Northwich - possibly looking to move up to 20 miles to the north, but I am worried about the commute becomming naff /dangerous? Is there any safe route from the Leigh / St Helens area through to Northwich?
 

400bhp

Guru
It's not great all round, north of the river Mersey, west of Warrington.

However, if you can get it so that you avoid going through warrington centre then you will be OK.

The way to come from the north across the Mersey is to go along Glazebrook Lane, then across Warburton Bridge. The route from there to Northwich is really good and you have a multitude of options. So, Leigh is a pretty good start point for a route to Northwich.

St Helens is a bit trickier because of the direction is lies above Warrington. However, the way to do Warrington is to keep north over the top then use the road that runs parallel to the M6 to bring you to the A57, and then use the A57 to go over Warburton Bridge again.

Traversing through Warrington is pretty rubbish. I've never attempted it on a weekday rush hour but I have done it several times on a Saturday and although the traffic was flowing freely, it's one of those places where there's a lot of junctions and cars generally are travelling slightly faster on average than they should meaning (IMO) if you regularly commute, then there's a fair chance you'll be involved in some kind of collision.
 

Rob3rt

Man or Moose!
Location
Manchester
It's not great all round, north of the river Mersey, west of Warrington.

However, if you can get it so that you avoid going through warrington centre then you will be OK.

The way to come from the north across the Mersey is to go along Glazebrook Lane, then across Warburton Bridge. The route from there to Northwich is really good and you have a multitude of options. So, Leigh is a pretty good start point for a route to Northwich.

St Helens is a bit trickier because of the direction is lies above Warrington. However, the way to do Warrington is to keep north over the top then use the road that runs parallel to the M6 to bring you to the A57, and then use the A57 to go over Warburton Bridge again.

Traversing through Warrington is pretty rubbish. I've never attempted it on a weekday rush hour but I have done it several times on a Saturday and although the traffic was flowing freely, it's one of those places where there's a lot of junctions and cars generally are travelling slightly faster on average than they should meaning (IMO) if you regularly commute, then there's a fair chance you'll be involved in some kind of collision.
Alpaca Alley?
 

Origamist

Legendary Member
Location
Sandbach
If you do go over Warburton Bridge (recommended), I'd just follow the B5159 to Northwich as it's direct and free flowing. That said, I'm not sure what it's like in the rush hour. However, there are quite a lot of lanes around there and I’m sure you could find a decent route with a bit of experimentation (and only add a mile or two).
 

gam001

Über Member
+1 for Going past Bents Garden Centre, down Glazebrook Lane and over Warby Toll Bridge (no need to pay for cyclists).
My usual route, pretty direct and nice lanes...
Once over it, go straight to T junction, turn right, passing Green Dragon pub then immediate left.
Follow this road for few miles (couple of bends and a set of lights to go through) until next T junction, then left and immediate right, past the entrance to High Legh Garden Centre.
Follow this road for a few miles until you hit a T junction, turn right, passing Curbishley's Roses.
After about a mile, the road starts to head slightly down hill, take a right onto Hield Lane, down a big dip and back up again.
Straight over at the cross roads, and then after 2 miles or so this road takes you to a roundabout in Northwich which is then signposted.
I will let you look up the road names, etc :tongue:
 
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Location
Salford
It's 11 miles from St. Helens to Leigh...

If you live in St Helens, to go through Culcheth sounds like a long way east before heading south to me. If you live in Leigh then Holcroft Lane / Glazebrook Lane ("Alpaca Alley" :laugh:) and over Warby Bridge sounds fine. Plus - you can pretend to be on the Tour of Britain.

www.cyclestreets.net usually has some good ideas.
 

Siclo

Über Member
It's 11 miles from St. Helens to Leigh...

If you live in St Helens, to go through Culcheth sounds like a long way east before heading south to me.
I'd agree with that, I'd probably go Winwick, Risley Moss then look at using School Lane/ Dam Lane (slightly naughty, technically a private road/public footpath but lots do it) to get to Hollins Green and Warby bridge. If using Warby bridge be aware that the toll booth opens at 7am, DO NOT get here at about 0655 since its a blasted race track as all the nutters try to beat the toll and save 10 pence :wacko:
 
Location
Salford
I'd agree with that, I'd probably go Winwick, Risley Moss then look at using School Lane/ Dam Lane (slightly naughty, technically a private road/public footpath but lots do it) to get to Hollins Green and Warby bridge. If using Warby bridge be aware that the toll booth opens at 7am, DO NOT get here at about 0655 since its a blasted race track as all the nutters try to beat the toll and save 10 pence :wacko:
School Lane is classified as a bridleway, so 100% legit I think. The, maybe, naughty bit is cutting onto it from Rockingham Close but just this week a new path has been laid on the muddy bit and a bicycle friendly kissing-gate installed so I guess the authorities are aware we're doing it.

From St. Helens I'd head due south through Clock Face and Sankey Bridges.
 

Lamb Henry

Regular
It is possible to ride down sankey valley park virtually all the way off road starting at Carr Mill dam on the A580 down to the trans-pennine trail and cross the ship canal at walton A56. Not the quickest of routes and a bit rough in places.
 

Origamist

Legendary Member
Location
Sandbach
+1 for Going past Bents Garden Centre, down Glazebrook Lane and over Warby Toll Bridge (no need to pay for cyclists).
My usual route, pretty direct and nice lanes...
Once over it, go straight to T junction, turn right, passing Green Dragon pub then immediate left.
Follow this road for few miles (couple of bends and a set of lights to go through) until next T junction, then left and immediate right, past the entrance to High Legh Garden Centre.
Follow this road for a few miles until you hit a T junction, turn right, passing Curbishley's Roses.
After about a mile, the road starts to head slightly down hill, take a right onto Hield Lane, down a big dip and back up again.
Straight over at the cross roads, and then after 2 miles or so this road takes you to a roundabout in Northwich which is then signposted.
I will let you look up the road names, etc :tongue:
Snap - that's what I recommended, but I'm lazier than you and called it the B5159!

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montage

montage

God Almighty
Location
Bethlehem
Leigh - Warburton Bridge - Northwich looks promising. It would move me from a 15 mile commute to a 22 miles commute, not issue in itself as I usually extend the ride home or hop straight on the turbo, but how stop start would it be?

Also what's the local riding like for weekend Jaunts? Currently I have the luxuary of the peaks - but as I visit my gf every weekend, or she visits me, I never get to ride Saturday or Sunday anyway. Rent certainly looks affordable around that area.
 

Siclo

Über Member
Nice and free flowing the whole way, certainly from outside Leigh to Warby bridge you'd not have a foot down. Weekend jaunts, depends on what you want really, the area's pretty pan flat with decent enough lanes, some lumps north of Bolton around Rivington and Belmont, a few out east around Billinge and Crank. Its still not too far out to the peaks via Alderley Edge for a day ride.

HTH
 

david k

Hi
Location
North West
It is possible to ride down sankey valley park virtually all the way off road starting at Carr Mill dam on the A580 down to the trans-pennine trail and cross the ship canal at walton A56. Not the quickest of routes and a bit rough in places.
Done that route to Warrington, didn't know it crossed the TPT, is it before Warrington?
 
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