Although we live close to the centre of talk, a short stroll down the hill and we’re by the side of the river and can walk for miles away from roads and traffic through woodland, along the canal and through the countryside. So, last Sunday, on a sunny afternoon, we decided to walk to Worthington Lakes. It’s about 9 miles there and back, but an easy walk.
Down to the Dougie
following the path through woodland
Through the Plantations
Then along the canal
Narrow boats at the Red Rock moorings
Winter Hill visible now across the fields
Canal side sheds
Carrying on along the canal
We cut across the Golf course, past Arley Hall
and took the path across the greens (keeping an eye out for flying golf balls!)
and into Arley Woods
Lots of bluebells in bloom
We crossed over the Dougie
and then emerged alongside Worthington Lakes
a chain of three small reservoirs built in the 1860’s to supply Wigan with drinking water.
We did a complete circuit of the lakes
Stopping part way round for a brew at KIlhey Court Hotel
Back through Arley Woods
and on to the canal towpath, this time avoiding the golf course
We retraced our route back along the canal
and through the Plantations back home.