The Saints Heritage Society recently launched their latest pioneering initiative - The Saints Heritage Way.
This 6.8 miles looped heritage trail links 22 Stopping Points around St. Helens and commemorates important locations connected with the history of St Helens RFC. Furthermore, it correlates the progress of our great Club with the social and economic development of the town. Walkers will explore the genesis and historical success of the Saints in the context of times when huge industrial enterprises dominated both the life and landscape of St. Helens.
The Saints Heritage Way illuminates where our former players plied their trades during the week; the coal mines, glass factories and pharmaceutical sites. It visits the public houses and playing fields where former Saints changed and played before the days of the Northern Union and several neighbourhoods where Rugby League proliferated. Throughout, the stories of 60 players are investigated, each one hyperlinked to the Saints Heritage Society website for instant access to their full Saints’ careers.
Free digital access to the Trail is available via the homepage of the Saints Heritage Society. It is in a PDF format and will be automatically downloaded to mobile phones or compatible devices. We have used an IPad in testing the Way and found this device to be particularly useful in its ability to produce helpful, large images.
In normal times the Trail would commence and end at the Totally Wicked Stadium (Stage 1), however given its use as a NHS Vaccination Centre, we request that you start and end the Trail on the Steve Prescott Bridge (Stage 2). That said the Trail can be accessed at any point. There is no need to complete the full route in one attempt. Indeed, we encourage participants to explore the historical way in manageable sections to allow greater time for reflection.
We commend the Saints Heritage Way to the Saints’ Community and town of St Helens.
Further information from Club Historians Dave Dooley and Alex Service.