Park cars ... and horses

New bridleway
New bridleway

A MAJOR heritage site has a yet another ‘mane’ attraction after the opening of a new bridleway.

And the horse-riding route is just one of a series of improvements at Stanley Bank, which stretches across Haydock and Blackbrook, after campaigners secured an £865,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Among the improvements are a refurbishment of the visitor centre, conservation of the historic slitting mill and improved access routes around the site. The Stanley Bank Triangle Project is a partnership between St Helens Council, Groundwork Merseyside and the Mersey Basin Campaign, Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society, St Helens Historical Society and Sankey Canal Restoration Society.

The new bridleway has been developed to link Carr Mill Dam with the Sankey Valley Heritage Visitor Centre - both north and south of the A580 East Lancs Road.

There is also designated parking for cars and horse boxes as well as a corral to ‘park’ horses while riders pop into the visitor centre or the adjacent Ship Inn.

Coun Alison Bacon, the Council’s cabinet member for environmental protection, said: “The conservation and improvements have opened up the site to more people who are learning about the industrial heritage of St Helens.