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by Sarah Warburton (subscribe)
I'm a writer based in England's North West and love exploring new places, especially off the beaten track. Also chronic illness blogger at
Published April 7th 2021
A well loved green oasis in suburbia
Opened in 1977 and spanning around 56 acres, Woolston Park is a green oasis in suburbia. I've been coming here for decades since I was a kid and have seen the park mature into a beautiful open space.

A Football Pitch at Woolston Park
A Football Pitch at Woolston Park

The park has something to offer most visitors. There are several well maintained children's play areas which are always popular, playing fields which host local sports matches and picnic tables and benches in various locations so visitors can relax and watch the world go by.

Play Area Woolston Park
One of the Play Areas at Woolston Park

If it's peace and tranquillity you're seeking then the park does get very busy at weekends and in school holidays but there are plenty of quieter times too. It's also a popular place for workers from the adjacent industrial estate to take their lunch breaks.

Woodland Walk Woolston Park
The Woodland Walk at Woolston Park

I primarily visit the park to walks my dogs and enjoy time in nature. There are often buzzards circling overhead and lots of other birdlife nuthatches, woodpeckers, mistle thrushes, chiff-chaffs to name but a few, as well as plentiful rabbits and squirrels. My favourite area of the park is the woodland walk. Wandering through the trees here gives the impression of being in the middle of a forest rather than in suburban Warrington and path is bordered with wildflowers such as primrose and bluebells depending on the time of year. It's a fantastic place from which to listen to the birds' dawn chorus in the spring time.

Primroses Woolston Park
Primroses along the Woodland Walk

All around the park, the paths are level, wide and well maintained.

Spittal Brook path Woolston Park
Spittal Brook flows through the park

The central feature is the pond, home to mallards, swans, coots and moor hens and also where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher. Spittal Brook runs through the park too and on many occasions, herons can be spotted in the rushes.

Pond Woolston Park
The Pond

There is plentiful, free parking by the Information Cabin.

It's a neighbourhood gem and just the place to relax and recharge.
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Why? A lovely neighbourhood park
When: Open at all times
Where: Woolston, Warrington
Cost: Free
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