Haigh Hall and Worthington Lakes

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Haigh Hall (pronounced Hay Hall) is not far from Wigan from which it is administered. The walk is part canal and part lakeside, with a few fields in between. There is very little climbing, there are very few stiles and there are toilets two thirds of the way round - made to measure for families! A pub is passed towards the end of the walk at Waymark 20, but most of the facilities are near the car park in the Country Park itself. The ground is fairly high, giving good distant views in a peaceful landscape that many people would not expect to find so close to an industrial area.

England - North England - Lancashire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
15/08/2016 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Most enjoyable walk, with plenty of nice views. Lots of places to stop for a picnic. Easy going except for the last longish uphill stretch. No mud trouble for us! Good walking guide. The country park car park at the start is now a charge? £3 for the day according in reviews on Trip Advisor, though someone who we got talking to said it's £10 over 4 hours!? Can't confirm that though. There's a couple of free carparks marked on the map on the walk route.

14/12/2014 - Graham Moss

I have done this walk a few times and have always found it a decent few hours stroll. There is some mud in places but nothing to cause any difficulties providing you have the correct footwear. Latest walk on 13/12/14 on the return leg I went past bridge 61 and down to bridge 60 (Haigh Park Bridge). Go left over the bridge and follow the track up through woodlands to a 'T' Junction. Turn left onto the driveway leading directly to Haigh Hall. Go around the rear of the hall and turn left up the drive past the courtyard complex. Car park is a few yards further on the left. This is a much more pleasant finish to the walk and is a lot less steep than the route from Bridge 61 (Sennicar Bridge). Using this route the total distance is increased to 8 miles.

03/04/2014 - Ian Dodd

A lovely walk. Sign at toilets now say they are no longer open to the public. United Utilities sign at WM9 at the entrance to the land around the lakes says (amongst other things) that no dogs are allowed. On the way back we stayed on Red Rock Lane back to the country park - good views, pavement most of the way and less of an incline than retracing steps back up from canal.

09/04/2011 - Mike Gaffney

Mike & Hazel Gaffney did this walk 09/04/11 in good weather & found it very enjoyable. No mud! No problems following the directions. Toilets at point 12 still closed, presume only open when Education Centre is in use.

10/04/2010 - Steve Walker

06/04/2010 - Steve and Andrea Walker. Did this walk yesterday and found it was muddy from start to finish (maybe a better summer walk). Also the toilets two thirds of the way around were closed on Bank Holiday and are just for use of the Education Centre at Worthington Lakes.

11/05/2008 - jayne waring

This walk was lovely and both my husband and i really enjoyed it apart from the steep and what felt like a very long incline at the end which after 3 and a half hours walking was just a killer!

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