Walking and Cycling

Suggested Routes

Abbey Lakes to Coppull Moor on foot - A picturesque but challenging walk of just under twelve miles through the Douglas Valley and beyond. The description here starts and finishes in Wigan and uses public transport but may be adapted to suit individual travel requirements and preferences. OS Explorer Series Map 285 (Southport & Chorley, Wigan Formby, Ormskirk) 1:25000 refers.
A Lancashire Linear Walk - A walk of nearly ten miles from Eccleston near Chorley to Upholland via the Douglas Valley. Beware it's not flat there are three long gradients but it is very scenic and involves little road walking.
Blackrod or Bust - A circular walk of nearly eight miles from Wigan Lane to the outskirts of Blackrod returning via Haigh Village and Haigh Plantations. This walk is not strenuous but you do need strong boots and the agility to leap over the odd stile or two. On a clear day it affords fine panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside from Ashurst Beacon to Rivington Pike as you venture over the border into one of the scenic corners of Bolton.
Chorley Ice Cream Walk - A 9.5 mile walk from Chorley to Wigan following mainly the Lancaster Canal navigation, with an optional diversion for ice cream. The walk begins in Chorley and uses public transport for the outward journey (in my case from Wigan bus station), road walking is minimal and limited to the beginning and end sections to and from the bus stations.
Cycle the Monsal Trail - A great day out in the wonderful Peak District National Park with a little invigorating exercise thrown in. Take your own bike or hire one locally you will not be disappointed, the landscape is beautiful and the views tremendous. Car parking (mainly pay and display) and refreshment facilities are conveniently situated at several points along the trail, but come early it is very popular and there may be queues.
Cycle the Sankey Valley - A very pleasant fifteen mile cycle ride suitable for weekend or summer evening. Although mainly off road through open countryside, it does involve some riding on public roads and so for safety reasons it's wise to choose the time of day carefully to avoid heavy traffic.
Douglas Valley Dawdle - A 6.8 mile triangular walk from Beacon Park Upholland descending 500 feet into the Douglas Valley returning via Appley Bridge. On a clear day it affords views of a spectacular and historic landscape and countryside comparable with more well known national treasures.
Freshfield to Crosby - A bracing walk of approximately 8.5 miles from Freshfield to Crosby and Anthony Gormley's artwork "Another Place". Mostly along the shoreline, through the sandhills and on well marked tracks, the route connects Freshfield and Hall Road railway stations on Merseyrail's northern line providing convenient transport for a return journey if required, it follows the Sefton Coastal Footpath and takes 3.5 to 4 hours.
Haigh, Borsdane Wood Circular Walk - A nine mile three and a half hour walk through some of the greener parts of our urban landscape, an opportunity to appreciate features of the natural world at their best and available on our own doorstep.
Irwell Valley Trail, Bury to Rawtenstall - This ten mile linear walk from Bury to Rawtenstall follows the Sculpture Trail through the beautiful Irwell Valley with it's wonderful mix of pretty villages, terrific views and diverse wildlife, set amongst some interesting reminders of the area's rich industrial heritage. The return journey may be made using the East Lancs Railway or local bus services.
Irwell Valley Trail, Bury to Salford - This eleven mile linear walk from Bury to Salford follows the Sculpture Trail and uses public transport to and from the start and finish points. Perhaps not quite as scenic as the path to Rawtenstall but nevertheless just as enjoyable.
Moss Eccles Tarn - A 9k/6m, 3-4 hour relatively low level circular walk on Claife Heights from the ferry terminal just south of Bowness on Windermere, it covers an extremely picturesque hillside pasture, moorland and forest landscape and on a clear sunny day offers stunning views of the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Fairfield from vantage points at Moss Eccles and Wise Een Tarns (ideal spots for a picnic). An area of sharp contrasts the higher more remote parts are rugged moorland and a rich wildlife habitat sure to throw up some very interesting surprises to the keen observer.
Three Counties Cycle Ride - Not as strenuous as the title suggests but nevertheless a thirty mile round trip through relatively flat countryside including the scenic Douglas Valley. Half of this journey is on rural tarmac roads and cycleways the other on canal banks and bridleways.
Wigan Circular by Bike - A twenty one mile circuit of Wigan from the golf club gates at Ashton Cross on country tracks and roads with light traffic. A route more suited to the ATB, it takes us via Garswood and North Ashton to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Ince Moss, returning via Gathurst, Orrell Post and Windy Arbour. There two sets of steps requiring the bike to be carried but both have alternatives by way of a slight detour.

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Howe Banks, Little Langdale pic

Peveril of the Peak

The Langdales from Loughrigg Tarn pic

The Brocklebank Line

The Langdales from Moss Eccles Tarn pic

A Cricket Calypso

picFarthingale Publications: ..... Is a hobby web site containing articles of local interest to Lancastrians, some favourite walking and cycling routes, selected words and poetry, and some writings of more general nature as well as the authors own picture gallery. Access is available via the homepage and menu at the head of the page or via one of the direct links below.

picLocal Interest: A Cricket Calypso; Dust Upon God's Fair Earth; God's Choir; Isaac Watts 1674 - 1748; It's a Funny Life; John Byrom 1692 - 1793; John Lancaster Wigan MP; Jubilee Park Memorial, Ashton in Makerfield; Little Ships at War 1918; Mind Your Language; Not Much of a Warrior; Peveril of the Peak; Private Thomas Whitham VC; Richmond Hill Dairies; Scot Lane School Wigan; The Brocklebank Line; The Holy City Liverpool; The Lindsays of Haigh; The Nurburgring 1960; Thomas Aspinwall Miners Agent; Thomas Aspinwall Obituary; Thomas Linacre School Wigan; Upholland Telephone Exchange; Wigan Advertisements 1960; Wigan Old Bank 1792; Wigan Soldier Missing in Action.
Walking & Cycling: Abbey Lakes to Coppull Moor; A Lancashire Linear Walk; Blackrod or Bust; Chorley Ice Cream Walk; Cycle the Monsal Trail; Cycle the Sankey Valley; Douglas Valley Dawdle; Freshfield to Crosby; Haigh to Borsdane Wood; Irwell Valley Trail (Bury to Rawtenstall); Irwell Valley Trail (Bury to Salford); Moss Eccles Tarn; Three Counties Cycle Ride; Wigan Circular by Bike.
Words & Poetry: A Lancashire Mon; A Legend of Montrose; Aw've Turned me bit O' Garden O’er; Boat Song; Calm is the Sea; Classic Poetry; Dombey and Son; Dover Harbour; Dust upon God's Fair Earth; God Bless these Poor Wimmen that's Childer; Hymn Before Action; Jeff Unsworth's dialect poetry; King Cotton; Martin Chuzzlewit; Martyrs of the Arena; Mind Your Language; Only a Cranky Owd Foo’; On Th' Hills; Poet’s Corner; Redgauntlet; Rogue Herries; The Antiquary; The Bride of Lammermoor; Th' Coartin' Neet; The Darkling Thrush; The Fair Rosamond; The Fair Rosamond Comic; The Family Man; The Glory of the Garden; The Heart of Midlothian; The Pickwick Papers; The Rolling English Road; The Wreck of the Hesperus; Toddlin' Whoam; When Winds Breathe Soft; Wisdom.
Wallgate Chronicles: Adolphe Adam; A Tale of Two Cities; A Walk in the Hills; Barnaby Rudge; Bookcase; Cat Bells; Desert Island Discs; Eay Times Uv Changed; Fidelio; Fun with Trigonometry; Hard Times; Hugo Boss comes to Wigan; In the footsteps of the Manchester Rambler; Ivanhoe; Little Dorrit; Lohengrin; Rob Roy; Romance on a Budget; Semele; Surprise at the Philharmonic; The Battle of Solferino; The Bohemian Girl; The Fair Maid of Perth; The Force of Destiny; The Getaway Car; The Marriage of Figaro; The Old Curiosity Shop; The Ravioli Room; The Spectroscope; The Switchroom, Wigan; Travels in Time 1960; Travels in Time 2010.