The almost rectangular village green is a peculiarity in Willaston...in fact village greens are quite a rarity throughout Cheshire villages altogether. Some interesting buildings surround the green too.
Award Winning Willaston Village
Willaston is an interesting Cheshire village - a once typical farming settlement, grouped around the village green. A delight to stroll around to admire the old architecture and to visit the old preserved station on the country park walk It has won best kept village awards too. It has its fair share of pubs and restaurants if you want to linger here a while.
Walk from Willaston to Parkgate
Parking up in the car park near the 'Hadlow Road Station'
Take some time to explore the old station 'frozen in time' from the 1950s
Walk past the old level crossing and keep following the Wirral Way to Parkgate where you can reward yourself with an icecream!
(you can cycle along this route too, look out for the Route 56 signs)
I usually take the same route back which follows the old railway line and offers some lovely views over to Wales
Round trip is about 7 miles
Hadlow Road Station Museum
In Willaston the old station has been maintained as it was in 1952 when it was closed down. Historically it belonged to "The Cheshire Lines Company" - being unusual in that it had its own livery for rolling stock, but no locomotives - as the major shareholding companies used their own.
Its a nice touch of nostalgia to see the old ticket office and adverts for Bovril on the walls outside. A small section of the track is preserved...the remainder is now a pleasant bridle and footpath for the outdoor enthusaists to enjoy.
Inside the Station
Another interseting feature of Hadlow Road station is the old ticket office. Here's a peep inside the station ticket office and waiting room ...left just as it was in the 1950's.
Hadlow Signal Box
The Signal Box at hadlow road Staion in Willaston is still here too and can be viewed. At the side you can see the country park path that used to be the railway track.
Willaston has several old buildings and Ashtree farm is one of them. This charming old farm house on Hadlow Road retains a wattle and daub panel, which suggests at least a 16th Century origin.
Leaning Red Lion
In the village of Willaston you can see this beautiful half timbered house opposite the village green that used to be the local pub. Just look see that roof lean!!