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The Woolston Eyes Reserve is situated to the east of Warrington between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal near Latchford Locks and the Thelwall Viaduct which carries the M6 Motorway over both the River and the Canal.
There are two entrances to Woolston Eyes: one via Weir Lane, footpath only, and one adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal by Latchford Locks for vehicle access and walkers. A permit and key is required to access the vehicle barriers and gated footbridge to No. 3 bed, the principle area of the Reserve, which is open from 8:00am throughout the year. The Reserve closing time varies with the seasons and is generally; 16:00hrs in winter, 18:00-19:00 hrs through spring and autumn and 20:00hrs in summer.
Weir Lane is to be found approximately 200m west of M6 junction 21. It is not suitable for visitors with cars, footpath only, and those with their own transport are asked to avoid using this entrance. At all costs please, do not obstruct driveways or turnings.
From the south end of Weir Lane a footbridge across the guarded weir leads to the west of No.2 bed with No.3 bed entrance on your right on reaching the canal.
Those with cars should access the Reserve from Thelwall Lane past Latchford Locks.
If you are approaching from the south you should cross the ship canal swing bridge on the Knutsford Road (A50), take the right hand lane through Latchford and cross Kingsway South into Thelwall Lane.
If you are approaching from the north, you should leave the M6 at junction 21 then follow the A57, then the A50 and look out for Thelwall Lane on your left hand side, by some traffic lights.
The approach to the reserve goes between housing and factories on the left and the Locks and Ship Canal on the right. Park by the first barrier (parking here can be difficult). Key holders can negotiate the locked barrier to reach the car park by No.3 bed and the footbridge entrance.
The nearest postcode to the Reserve is WA4 1PD however if you use Sat-Nav. then Google based systems will direct you to the wrong side of the Ship Canal to Thelwall New Road if you enter just this postcode. If your system allows you to use a street address and postcode then entering ‘Thelwall Lane, WA4 1PD can direct you correctly. To overcome misdirection we recommend sat. nav. users use the postcode WA4 1NN This directs you to the Novelis Aluminium Recycling plant on Thelwall Lane. Once at the factory continue down Thelwall Lane, approx. 500m on the now unmetalled lane, past Beers Timber and Building Supplies to reach the entrance barrier to the Reserve. The car park and footbridge entrance to No3 bed is 1.2km from this barrier.
Anyone intending to visit the reserve using public transport is advised to request up to date information before setting out. Check out http://www.networkwarrington.co.uk/bus-timetables-routes website for exact information.
Warrington Transport operate buses from near Central Station which can be used to get to Woolston Eyes. The bus to Weir Lane (to access the reserve from the north side) along the A57 is the No3 from Warrington Interchange.
To access the reserve from the western (Thelwall) end take either the No.1, No.1E or No.2 bus to Westy Estate, Whitley Ave. terminus which is not too far away from Thelwall Lane via Nook Lane.
The No.11, No.11A and No.12 buses from Warrington Interchange come down Thelwall Lane as far as Nook Lane - depart here - before returning back to Warrington via Westy Estate.
The No.10 bus travels one stop further down Thelwall Lane to the new housing estate by Latchford Locks, depart at Powder Mill Lane and continue down Thelwall Lane and the Locks to arrive at the canal track and the first barrier.
Become a Permit Holder or organise a group visit
You can support Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve and conservation effort by becoming a permit holder or organising a group visit.