St Helens Council manages a number of Parks
and Open Spaces.
For further information about access to these parks phone the Contact Centre on 01744 676789.
St Helens has several Local Nature Reserves.
However information is limited about access to these Local Nature Reserves for people with limited mobility, wheelchair
users and those with pushchairs or buggies.
Siding Lane Local Nature Reserve
Transformed from colliery spoil tips, the 9.38 hectare site was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2001 and achieved
a Green Flag Award in 2002. The woodland provides for informal recreation with walks, wildflower and picnic areas,
a fishing pond and visitor centre. The site has access for disabled people, including permanent access to the disability
toilet via a RADA key.
St Helens' website states that people with disabilities can have access into the heart of the woodland of this local
Nature Reserve, and a car park has been provided through a gate which has been fitted with a RADA padlock to allow
An easy access trail through the woodland allows access for all visitors along a route designed by the Rangers.
Here the Ranger Service manages the site and provides an events programme throughout the year, including nature
walks, rambles, bird spotting walks, health walks, pond dipping, woodland crafts demonstrations, and the
increasingly popular Halloween Fright Night.
For more details contact the Sherdley Park Ranger Centre on 01744 815586.
The Rangers are also based at Taylor Park, Mesnes Park and at Blackbrook.
Where can I find the information on the council web site?
St Helens does have leaflets in paper form available from the various Ranger Service Visitor Centres.
These leaflets are in the process of being updated, and will become available to download from the website.
Next Short Walk Wed, 11th September Disley Circular
Next Longer Walk Wed, 28th August Slaithwaite to Greenfield