Yesterday much of Wales, the Midlands and Southern England were struggling to cope with heavy snow. In Wigan it was a bright, sunny, if cold winter’s day. After being stuck inside for a few days I decided to get out for a walk through the Plantations and Haigh Country Park.
We’re lucky to have this amenity on our doorstep. I only have to walk to the bottom of our street to start a pleasant walk along the river and through woodlands.
Haigh Plantations are an area of woodland bisected by the Leeds Liverpool canal covering about 250 acres. They were laid out in the 1860s over land damaged by mining activity by local cotton workers who were put out of work due to the Lancashire cotton famine caused by the American Civil War. Today they’re part of Haigh Woodland Park.
Starting off walking along the River Douglas and past the flood relief dam at the bottom of Coppul Lane
Up through the woods to the Lower Plantations
The bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal
Up through the Middle Plantations
Past the Lodge by the gate on Hall Lane
Carrying on through the woods past the Swan lake
and then the Lilly Pond with it’s fountain
Leaving the park, a short walk along the metalled road by the main car park, looking over towards the West Lancashire Moors
Then cutting down Sennicar Lane
Then back over the canal
Looking over the fields towards Standish
Past the old house on Wingates Lane
and the old foundry
I walked up Leyland Mill Lane and then down the main road past the hospital down towards Wigan town centre before heading home.