THE notion that Warrington should regard itself as a tourist attraction has been around for some years – even if not widely shared by many local residents.
But a new book by Kevin Sene, who is a scientist specialising in issues relating to water and climate and who has lived in the town for some time, should silence the doubters.
True, “The Mersey Estuary – A Travel Guide” deals with a much wider area than Warrington.
But the town and surrounding districts figure prominently and there are plenty of fine photographs which show that Warrington, despite its industrial past, has many places of beauty for the visitor to admire.
The 250 page book covers and area which takes in Liverpool, Widnes, Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead much of The Wirral and further afield. But it certainly doesn’t neglect Warrington.
Fiddler’s Ferry, with its sailing club, Moore nature reserve, Risley Moss, Paddington Meadows and the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail are all dealt with, as well historic man-made attractions such as the Warrington Transporter Bridge, the Sankey Canal, the town cente River of Life and, of course, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
Mr Sene suggests numerous walks and cycle routes and points the reader in the direction of further reading about the history, culture and sights of the estuary.
Lavishly illustrated, the book paints a picture of Liverpool and the whole of the Mersey Estuary that, while it may not draw thousands of day trippers seeking sand castles and candy floss, could well attract the more serious indeed traveller.
It should also enable visitors and residents alike to learn more about the area and perhaps appreciate that Warrington is a much changed place from the smokey, industrial town of yesteryear.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide. £19.99, Matador, an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd