Saints' Heritage Way project is launched
The St Helens Heritage Society have launched their latest pioneering initiative - the Saints' Heritage Way.
A 6.8 miles looped heritage trail links 22 stopping points around the borough and commemorates important locations connected with the history of St Helens RFC.
It also correlates the progress of one of the most successful teams in the sport with the social and economic development of the town.
Walkers can explore the genesis and historical success of the Saints in the context of times when huge industrial enterprises dominated both the life and landscape of the borough.
The Saints' Heritage Way illuminates where former players plied their trades during the week; the coal mines, glass factories and pharmaceutical sites.
It visits the public houses and playing fields where former Saints changed and played before the days of the Northern Union and several neighbourhoods where Rugby League proliferated.
Throughout, the stories of 60 players are investigated, each one hyperlinked to the Heritage Society website for instant access to their full Saints’ careers.
Free digital access to the Trail is available via the homepage of the Heritage Society. It is in a PDF format and will be automatically downloaded to mobile phones or compatible devices.
An IPad was used in testing the Way and found this device to be particularly useful in its ability to produce helpful, large images.
In normal times the Trail would commence and end at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
However, given its use as a NHS vaccination centre, the club urge fans to start and end the Trail on the Steve Prescott Bridge, but it can also be accessed at any point.
There is no need to complete the full route in one attempt. Indeed, the club encourages participants to explore the historical way in manageable sections to allow greater time for reflection.