Relevant Map - Ordnance Survey Explorer Series No. 276, Bolton, Wigan and Warrington
This is an approximately 21 mile circuit of Wigan by bike from the golf club gates at Ashton Cross using both traffic free tracks and roads with light traffic. The route includes Garswood and North Ashton, Landgate and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath to Gathurst, returning via Orrell Post and Windy Arbour. Because of adverse ground conditions on certain stretches, this route is more suitable to mountain bikes than road bikes or hybrids, there also two sets of steps requiring the bike to be carried.
SJ560987 - Starting Point the Golf Club gates at Ashton Cross.
Move off along Tithebarn Road to its junction with Garswood Road.
SJ553989 Turn right into Garswood Road cross mini roundabout at the Simms Road Inn then take the first right into Leyland Green Road.
SD549004 Take the left fork at the end of Leyland Green Road into Booth's Brow Road and take the first left at the top of the hill into Brocstedes Road.
SD559006 Follow Brocstedes Road into Drummers Lane over the motorway to its junction with Soughers Lane.
SD567012 Turn left into Soughers Lane to its junction with Wigan Road.
SD569013 Turn left into Wigan Road and take the first right into Langate Lane. SD569014 Follow Landgate Lane for half a mile or so and take the turning on the left 100 yards before the railway bridge.
SD579017 Continue along this footpath to Park House Farm.
SD579022 Cross the farm access road and continue to Wigan Flashes and the canal at Ince Moss.
SD584027 Join the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) towpath and turn left, follow the canal past Scotsmans Flash to the junction at Chapel Lane.
SD583049 Cross the footbridge to the other side of the canal. Turn right and continue across Warrington Lane to Manchester Road at Rose Bridge.
SD597055 Cross the road and continue up the "Wigan Flight" to "Top Lock".
SD608068 The canal turns left here where it becomes the Lancaster Canal, continue along the towpath underneath the road bridge at New Springs and two others to a fourth at Sennicar Lane.
SD590087 Leave the towpath here and turn left down the hill into the Douglas Valley to its junction with Wingates Lane.
SD582083 Turn left into Wingates Lane and take the marked footpath 30 or 40 yards ahead on the right near the gateway to the new houses.
SD583082 Cross the river and carry the bike up the historic steps to emerge onto Wigan Lane via Sicklefield. (Alt. route via Brock Mill Lane to the left).
SD580080 In either case turn right along Wigan Lane and turn left into Old Lane approximately 50 yards north of Sicklefield.
SD580081 Beware here the first part of the track there are shallow steps every few yards, continue ahead to emerge into Whitley Crescent at the bottom.
SD579079 Almost directly opposite and to the left of this junction there is a footpath, take this path and continue through a wooded area between the houses to the footbridge crossing the West Coast Main Line.
SD577076 Cross the bridge turn right and follow the track along the fence line turning sharp left at the corner to emerge onto Gidlow Lane a little higher up than the Milliken factory. (Alt. railway crossing via Walter Scott Ave to the right).
SD573076 Cross Gidlow Lane and take the bridleway near the childrens play area, follow the track between the houses to Giants Hall Farm.
SD566077 Turn left here and continue down the hill, the track eventually turns right to enter Giants Hall Road.
SD562075 Follow Giants hall Road to its junction with Wigan Lower Road.
SD560074 Turn right and continue to the road junction at Crooke.
SD554074 Cycle through the village and join the canal once more using the bridge at the side of the Crooke Hall Inn.
SD551073 Continue along the towpath to the right as far as Gathurst.
SD540074 Leave the canal here, turn left and proceed up the hill past the college and under the motorway to the traffic lights at Orrell Post (Stag Hotel).
SD535051 Turn left here and take a turning a hundred yards or so on the right just past the old Council Offices.
SD537050 Follow the footpath across the M58 motorway to Edge Hall Road, continue along this to its junction with Church Street at Orrell Station.
SD531040 Turn left then take the left fork Winstanley Road to Windy Arbour.
SD544019 From here continue ahead Ashton Road to the mini roundabout at the Simms Lane Inn.
SD549002 Continue ahead to the starting point at Ashton Cross via Garswood Road and Tithebarn Road.
Palfreyman December 2013