It was pleasant and sunny, if a little cold, last Sunday morning, so I decided to get out for a walk. In Wigan we’re quite lucky in that the River Douglas cuts through the town and on the north side of the town effectively forms a green corridor up to Haigh Hall Country Park. So its possible to start a country walk almost from the centre of town.
I decided to follow “the Dougie” to the Lower Plantations an then cut up through the woods to the Leeds-Liverpool canal, taking the towpath up as far as Arley Wood.
Cutting through the woods I crossed over the Dougie and along the path to Worthington Lakes.
The three small “lakes” are reservoirs built to supply Wigan with drinking water. Today they are part of a 50 acre country park, with a nature reserve at the northern end.
Although the time of year meant that there were very few waterfowl on the lakes, I spotted a couple of nesting swans and a heron in the nature reserve.
After circumnavigating the lakes, I cut back through the woods up to the canal and then retraced my steps back to Wigan.
It was a relatively easy walk, but at about 7 or 8 miles in total, provided some good exercise.