Welcome to Eccleston Mere in St Helens
Eccleston Mere is owned by Pilkington Properties and is jointly supervised by the Pilkington Sailing Club and the Pilkington Angling Association. The mere was originally constructed to hold water to feed through to Pilkingtons Watson Street works, but is now used solely for recreation purposes.
A key is required to visit, through the gated entrance to the clubhouse, off Burrows lane in Eccleston. At the rear of the Mere, is a footpath running along a brook. The pathway leads through two small woods, which are carpeted in bluebells during the early summer, then up towards Eccleston Park Rugby club.
Pilkingtons sailing club
is a club of approximately 200 members based at Eccleston Mere and now in its 50th year. The club also offers a beginners training course, which starts in April each year,
to people who have never sailed. The course runs throughout the summer and instruction is provided by RYA qualified club memberswho will train students to gain a recognised qualification.
The club has a number of Enterprise and Topper dinghies which are available for the use of members. For more information about the club, please click the link to the official Sailing club website above, where you will also find more pictures and contact details.
The Pilkington Angling Association holds fishing rights at Eccleston Mere. Details of how to join the club are held on the Pilkington Angling Association website,
which you can access by clicking the link above.
I do not have a list of fish that are available at Eccleston Mere, but if anybody reading this article could provide me with a list, to add to this article, I would be grateful.
Eccleston Mere is also home to a wide variety of birdlife. According to the St Helens Wildlife Recording Group,
over 170 different species of bird have been recorded at Eccleston Mere. These include 14 species of birds of prey, including three species of owl.
The website of the St Helens Wildlife Recording Group,
does not appear to have been updated recently, but is worth a visit if you are interested in ornithology.