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The small but characterful village of Walton is situated to the south west of Warrington and lies on the Bridgewater Canal. The village is divided into Lower Walton and Higher Walton. The name Walton derives from the tun (settlement/farmstead) of Wealas - which name (meaning foreigner and from which Wales also derives) the Anglo-Saxon invaders used to refer to the native Celts.

Walton, Cheshire

The Bridgewater Canal was constructed to transport coal from the Duke of Bridgewater's mine at Worsley near Manchester. Coal was needed in large quantities to fuel the industrial revolution, the canal enabled coal and other goods to be transported efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities. The 65km (39 mile) broad beam canal is the strategic link between the North and South canal network stretching from Runcorn to Leigh.

The Bridgewater canal at Walton

Bridgewater Canal, Walton, Cheshire

The village pub, the Walton Arms, which offers very good meals, dates from the 1880's.

Walton Hall Gardens

Walton Hall Gardens

Walton Hall Gardens, previously owned by the famous Greenall brewing family, was purchased by Warrington Borough Council in 1941 and is now a highly attractive park and golf course. The hall dates from the 1830's although built in Elizabethan style. It was designed by the Gothic revival architect Edmund Sharpe. The Gardens, which have been open to the public since 1945, have spacious lawns, picnic areas, a well appointed play area, a children's zoo containing a variety of colourful birds and animals and an interesting heritage centre which covers natural history, the history of the Walton Estate and Greenall family and Lewis Carroll and his connections with Walton Hall.

A country walk from Walton

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