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Woodlands - Clockface Country Park

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As its name suggests, Clockface Colliery Country Park in St Helens is on the site of a former colliery that dates back to 1890. By the early 1960s the mine was producing over 160,000 tons of coal a year and employing over 700 men. However, in October 1965 the National Coal Board deemed the pit uneconomic and announced that the collery would close the following year.

The site was reclaimed by St Helens Council as a community woodland and public open space in the late 1990s. Measuring 57 acres, the park contains developing woodlands, footpath networks, meadow areas and a fishing pond that is leased to the Clock Face Angling Club. It's linked to Sutton Manor, another former colliery, along 'Miners Way', a reclaimed mineral railway route.

There is plenty of wildlife to spot if one looks close enough, and it's a fabulous place to walk the dog, exercise or simply relax. Plus there's some great woodland located close by.

Content © Stephen Wainwright www.suttonbeauty.org.uk

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Exploring further afield

Nearby walking routes: St Helens Canal, Pex Hill
Nearby places to visit: Dream, The World of Glass, North West Museum of Road Transport, Rainhill Trials Exhibition, Carr Mill Dam, Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot Museum, Smithy Heritage Centre

Facilities

Parking

Accessibility

Mostly level, well surfaced paths.

How to get there

Get directions to this woodland by public transport or by car using Red Planet Travel

Contact

St Helens Council: 01744 676789

This site been transformed from a colliery that dates back to 1890 into a thriving community woodland.