River Alt

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River Alt in Croxteth
Yachts moored at the mouth of the River Alt

The River Alt is in Merseyside, England.

The Alt runs from Hag Plantation in Huyton at 125 ft (38 m), through Croxteth Park, roughly follows the M57 motorway south of Kirkby, then flows north of Aintree and south of Maghull. Historically in Lancashire, it then runs south of Formby and empties into the Irish Sea, near the edge of the Mersey estuary at Hightown.[1]

The banks of the river are lined by villages with names of Viking origin.

The estuary forms part of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries Special Protection Area for wildlife.

Both the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse and the Waterloo Cup in hare coursing at Great Altcar are associated with the River Alt watershed.


Maghull Brook
The last open section of the Tue Brook


  • Downholland Brook
    • New Cut
    • Bull Cop
    • Sandy Brook
      • Old Canal
    • Fine Jane's Brook
    • Leather Barrow's Ditch
      • Cheshire Lines Brook
    • Barton Brook
    • Chisnall Brook
      • Rough Brook
  • Arnold's Cop
  • Main Sluice
    • Tongue's Watercourse
    • Within's Watercourse
  • Lydiate Brook
    • Carr Sluice
  • Maghull Hey Cop
    • Carr Sluice
  • Hunt's Brook
  • Maghull Brook
  • St. Helen's Gutter (as the Alt is known between Aintree and Maghull)
  • Dover's Brook
    • Whinny Brook
  • Harrison's Brook
  • Netherton's Brook
  • Kirkby Brook
  • Knowsley Brook
  • Tue Brook


  1. ^ "A Troublesome Little River". Mike Royden's Local History Pages. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2010. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 53°31′22″N 3°03′57″W / 53.52278°N 3.06583°W / 53.52278; -3.06583