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Name:Halton Castle
Hill number:5504
Height:100m / 328ft
Parent (Ma):2812  Shining Tor
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Halton (UA)
Class:Tump (100-199m), Current County/UA Top
Grid ref:SJ 53729 82021
Summit feature:ground at West wall inside Halton Castle
Col:42m  SJ571794  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 108
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  • Halton current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 88 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
After Alvanley Cliff. I parked up in car park outside Castle walls. There were quite a few people just parking up to take a few pics of the great views and then going. A to let sign is on the pub gate and the black gates were padlocked today. A quick scramble up and then more carefully down and then a circuit around the castle walls sufficed before heading off for Appleton park...Dazingdale31/05/2020
Parking close to the Castle Pub. Noticed an open black gate to the right of the building which had standard warning on it about the dangers old castles pose, suggesting that this was the public access to the castle itself. Went through and it brings you into the castle grounds by the pub beer garden. Landlord gave me a Hello as I passed so suggesting it is a tolerated entry point.moorsman05/03/2020
On way back from Vauxhall Motors Reserves Vs Chester Nomads (2-0)Longwojo16/03/2019
Decided not to ask for access at 8.30am. Walked round to NW side of the walls and found a relatively easy scramble up. Flat area of lawn at the high point, no doubt man-made but nothing higher except the walls.jonglew26/11/2018
With E. Open Day so castle open. Falconry display at castle.Beeliner16/09/2018
Quick divert on our way to do a section of Mersey Valley Trail - well worth it!CreakingHiker18/07/2018
Short detour from the Mersey Valley Trail.tim74722/05/2018
Friendly landlord had pamphlet of information about the history of the castle, and kindly opened the back to allow me access into the castle. I had a pint of Strongbow and Julie a half pint of Guinness and black.David Evans21/01/2018
Orienteering by car. Castle closed. Walked around walls and got as high as possible without trepassingrfoster20/01/2018
The perfect after work hill! A drink in the Halton Castle, then through the bailey courtyard to the motte, with the highest ground beneath an arrowslit in the centre of the arch. Interesting display boards on the history of the castle and its surroundings.Nick Down112/09/2016
It's finally become time for me to remember to take a detour off the M56 for the first time into Runcorn and join the other elite chessboard of 64 and have a drink in the Castle pub and wander out on to the round grassy table and look at the post sunset skies down the Mersey Lots of loud music playing and Chelsea v Spurs on the telly with Spurs 2:1 ahead in their must win game to still leave them a glimmer of title hopes still! But there was a Hazard lurking to those Spurs hopes!!vegibagger02/05/2016
Access cost a Diet Coke. Friendly barman showed me the back door and gave me the freedom of the castle. Amazing industrial landscape below. Great viewpoint. Nice traditional NW pub.Campbell Singer17/03/2016
Before purchasing drinks.jimbloomer09/03/2016
Walked around outside of castle, then had a pint in the pub. What a great place.mart079702/01/2016
Stopped on my way home from Peel Fell in Northumberland. The barmaid let me walk round the garden although it was dark. Pub was awful except for her and the boxer dogs.clivevilla23/10/2015
A Norman Castle. Went round castle walls, but High point definitely in pub garden, visited on a Sunday lunch time, so had a drink at same time.PeterD11/10/2015
Top is in pub garden, worth it to see the views and the overly friendly pub dogs!Tor worth it11/10/2015
Parked outside pub early morning. Nobody about. Walked alongside castle walls on outside but unable to gain inner access.bolton19/09/2015
A few high points visited while in the Chester areamagirob30/07/2015
2/5 Quick walk around castle after parking in pub car park impressive views for a small hillFergalh10/07/2015
Managed to climb partway up the wall. Didn't,t go inside as I had the dog. Probably man made in any case.DARRENG20/06/2015
Walked round perimeter, met man from Castle pub walking dogs. Access via beer garden on weekends. As I wasn't local he let me in (Friday). Inside grounds are two lawned areas. Lower is beer garden, upper is level but raised at walls. High point roughly 2-3m higher than, and in area of, rock ledge found on outside of wall. Judging by strata of rock outside, the inside may indeed be naturally higher.Aye Jimmy19/06/2015
Late Fri eve but not too dark to see the obvious short scrambly ascent route. Apparently-natural HP is inside castle wall, effectively in pub garden and 2-3m higher than highest point outside wall.RHW20/03/2015
Rail and Walk...09.50 Manchester to Runcorn East...Pleasant almost traffic free walk to the Castle...back on the 12.09 from Runcorn EastDave13/03/2015
Circumnavigated the castle from The Underway noting that there was 'no unauthorised access' to the castle itself.Newton Maximus17/09/2014
At last, a hill with a good view! 13.50.arranc12/06/2014
Lived about ten miles away for twenty years and never been here. The view down to the bridge is excellent.SS29/12/2013
As of August 2014, this is the most recent of several ascents. Easy access to castle ruins with a circumnavigating footpath with a really good view of the Mersey estuary and valley.mikh4324/11/2013
P beside castle ruin.chrisbien08/10/2013
Can park easily in the Castle pub car park. Walk all of 1 minute.destaylor29/08/2013
What a great spot. I lived and worked round here 1999-2003 w'out realising this was here. Drove to Main road then steps up to Church / nr pub. Gained base wall and at short south side (8 ft high) easy climb up to gain parapet and land inside curtain area. Clearly built up, pick any point as high spot (see photo). Excellent views 360 degrees.nordicstar16/06/2013
Great views - unusual for a council topBramley08/04/2013
From car park outside pub around perimeter of castle. Been a few times, never seen the castle open to the public. Great views over the Widnes/Runcorn bridge & Mersey estuary, etc.ianandbarbara03/04/2013
Got to castle outside. Vary rarely open it seems.simon and co25/09/2012
From bottom of Castle Road.adrianturner25/03/2012
Drove up on way to visit Dad.stever16/11/2011
The day my son wanted a lift back to Liverpool University happily happened to coincide with open day at Halton Castle. Stopped off for a brief walk around the inside. The Castle pub looks to have tables in the grounds. Ask nicely and you may get in.Father Ted11/09/2011
walked round castle just as dawn was breaking awesume viewsjohnfwoolley15/11/2010
beautiful morning and fantastic views - parked in front of pubPhil M04/03/2010
This one's right by our house.nolan02/11/2009
On way to ABP visit at Granox on a grey dry morning with good views.Dugswell229/09/2009
Highest point inside walls on SW side. Open days infrequent, check Norton Priory website who look after site for the next open day.PeteF13/09/2009
Did not expect to see a pub outside the castle. Nice view for a small top.The Team13/04/2009
quick walk round the castle,good views.asbown27/02/2009
Point outside wall of Halton Castle - may be a higher point within the walls.webmaster08/02/2009
Inn was shut so had to walk round the top to "bag" it. Suprisingly good as a viewpoint.signyred07/02/2009
Managed to walk around castle at top of the brow, Castle gates locked and pub was closed. May try in summertime to see if the castle is openshirley pbgv11/01/2007
Loved this top. You can park at the top, and it's a 5 min stroll round the castle (which is only open a few days a year - check before you go). It was so good we did it twice - the views are incredible for such a low altitude!wheresthepath16/04/2005