is a densely populated coastal county, lots
of people, spirit, humour, lots to see -
from land and air.
is an area of heavy industry located on
the south side of the River Mersey, east
It is close to Widnes
(which is on the north side of the River
Mersey) as the two towns are joined by both
road and railway bridges.
Due to the urban industrial character of
most of Runcorn (there is a large Power
Station here - hence many overhead electrical
power lines), this is not an obvious area
for Hot Air Balloon flights. However, about
30 mins drive away to the south is the Cheshire
countryside and other suitable areas are
also not far away. Leisure facilities in
and around Runcorn include Norton Priory
Museum and Gardens , Foxhill Arboretum (at
Frodsham, south of Runcorn), and the museum
and golf courses near Widnes.
Road access to Runcorn is either via the
M56, then the A557, or from the M62 then
south into Widnes along the A570, then over
the bridge from Widnes into Runcorn. Access
to Runcorn by rail is via mainline trains
to Liverpool Lime Street Station as most
services also call at Runcorn (about 10
minutes before reaching Liverpool if going
north - or after leaving Liverpool if going
to buy a flight voucher online.