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Runcorn Hill

Runcorn Hill, a winner of the coveted Green Flag award, is a local nature reserve on a sandstone outcrop above the town of Runcorn. The site offers woodland walks, views of the Mersey Estuary, quarry, orienteering trails and is north Cheshire's largest surviving stretch of heathland, supporting a wealth of wildlife.

The River Mersey from Runcorn Hill

Runcorn Hill

Formerly a series of sandstone quarries dating back to 1734, which was once one of the largest employers in the area, providing stone for building works as far apart as Liverpool Cathedral and New York harbour. Some of the present paths cut through the hill were the routes of tramways constructed to transport the rubble.

Runcorn Hill

By the close of the 19th century quarrying activities ceased on the hill and in the 1920's an early job creation scheme involved local people in planting trees and heathers on the hill. A large variety of wild flowers now flourish there including wood sorrel, gorse, red campion, garlic mustard and bird's foot trefoil. Dragonflies can often be seen at the East Quarries Pond, these include the Common Darter, Spotted Chaser and Broad Bodied Chaser. Bats which frequent Runcorn Hill include the Pipestrelle, Daubenton's and Noctule. The Common Lizard also now inhabits the hill.

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

Caution is required when approaching cliff edges. Some banks can become slippy under foot during and after rain showers. The site is also home to tennis courts, bowling and putting greens and a visitor centre and free car park.

Runcorn Hill

The park organises a range of of free events throughout the year. It also offers a free education service to Halton schools and other groups.

A walk at Runcorn Hill

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