Daffodil Walk
A 3 mile circular walk through the villages of Hollins Green and Glazebrook. This walk is best enjoyed during March and April when the crocus and daffodils are in bloom.

Easy walking on level terrain — boots or strong footwear recommended.

Allow 1½ hours Park in the lay-by on Manchester Road, Hollins Green (Grid Ref. SJ 699 913) No. 100 from Warrington & Manchester stops outside The Black Swan pub on Manchester Road OS Explorer ™ 276 The Black Swan and Ye Olde Red Lion pubs and Rhinewood Hotel.

The walk starts from the lay-by on Manchester Road between The Black Swan pub and Glazebrook Lane traffic lights, known locally as Swan Brew.

1 From the lay-by cross over Manchester Road.

Turn right and in 20m turn left onto the path crossing stile by metal gate. Cross next stile in 30m into field and follow path keeping hedge and then fence on your right for 90m to junction. At junction bear left up the step then continue along edge of field towards the houses, keeping hedge with ditch on your right.

2 After 220m emerge onto Dam Lane and turn right passing a detached house on your right (named Wayside). Continue along lane for 700m, passing a shooting range on your right, to the junction with Dam Head Lane at Hollingreave farm.

3 Turn right and proceed up Dam Head Lane. After crossing the railway bridge continue on the lane around the bend before turning right down Bank Street and crossing over the railway once more. Continue down the length of Bank Street, passing the disused military camp on your right, for 800m. Just before the junction with Glazebrook Lane enter Glazebrook Village Green through a wooden gate on your right hand side.

4 Diagonally cross the village green, from which the Post Office can be seen, to the far corner on Glazebrook Lane. Turn right up the lane and 60m after crossing the short cul-de-sac look for the path on your right by the wooden pylon opposite Carlton Way. Turn right onto the path between the hedge and the pylon to enter the derelict naval camp HMS Gosling.

5 Follow the path for 50m as it winds to a junction.

Turn left following path with trees to your left and raised ground to your right until reaching a path joining from the right. Ignore this path continuing straight on as path gently winds to a farmer’s field in 60m. Enter the field and follow path straight ahead to the right of the fence between the two fields.

6 In 110m ignore path to right that crosses the field and keep straight on following the fence line. In a further 60m ignore the waymark pointing left for the path that crosses the hedge line and continue on the path bearing to the right towards the houses on Dam Lane.

7 Emerge onto Dam Lane and turn left passing the detached house ’Wayside’ on your left. Continue up Dam Lane, passing the cemetery in 170m, before turning right at the cenotaph into School Lane.

8 Walk down School Lane for 60m before turning left onto Birch Road. In 40m turn left after the last house just before St. Helen’s C. of E. School and then follow the concrete path onto and across the Village Green passing the children’s play park on your left.

9 At Hollins Green Scout Centre follow path between fenced gardens to emerge onto Manchester Road. Turn left down the road passing The Black Swan public house on your left and the Community Hall on your right to return to the lay-by at the start of the walk.

For more information on the Rights of Way network and bridleways please telephone 01925 443321 or visit the website: www.warrington.gov.uk/Leisureandculture and then follow the links to Parks and Open Spaces.

Please follow the Country Code

This is one in a series of local walking guides available to download from www.rixtonwithglazebrook.net or by phoning 0161 222 4003 for a copy. Your feedback is much appreciated — please email us at info@rixtonwithglazebrook.net

Original illustrations by David Tudor © Copyright 2009.
Researched and written by John Eccles © Copyright 2009.
With appreciation to Mr. R Shaw and Mr. M. Kenwright for their kind assistance in helping with the research.
Publication sponsored by The Hamilton Davies Trust.