A walk to Worthington Lakes

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

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following the path through woodland

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Through the Plantations

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Then along the canal

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Narrow boats at the Red Rock moorings

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Winter Hill visible now across the fields

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Canal side sheds

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Carrying on along the canal

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We cut across the Golf course, past Arley Hall

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and took the path across the greens (keeping an eye out for flying golf balls!)

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and into Arley Woods

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Lots of bluebells in bloom

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We crossed over the Dougie

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and then emerged alongside Worthington Lakes

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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

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Stopping part way round for a brew at KIlhey Court Hotel

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Back through Arley Woods

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and on to the canal towpath, this time avoiding the golf course

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We retraced our route back along the canal

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and through the Plantations back home.

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Walk to Worthington Lakes

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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.

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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.

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Cutting through the woods I crossed over the Dougie and along the path to Worthington Lakes.

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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.

Image produced from Ordnance Survey’s Get-a-map service.
www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getamap

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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.

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After circumnavigating the lakes, I cut back through the woods up to the canal and then retraced my steps back to Wigan.

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It was a relatively easy walk, but at about 7 or 8 miles in total, provided some good exercise.