Astley Street Park, Gin Pit village and Dam House


4.5 miles long

Well Street #Wigan

Path from Well Street cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - geograph.org.uk/p/2574829 – cropped from original

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This walk is one of a series of fifteen Jubilee Legacy Walks designed to celebrate the richness and diversity of Wigan Borough’s green space, and provide a lasting reminder of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations of 2012.

This circular route south of Tyldesley takes you to several places of varying historical interest. Gin Pit village is a community that grew around the mining industry. Colliers Wood, to the south of the village, is woodland planted to improve reclamation after the mining closed down. Elsewhere, Dam House is a fine manor house surrounded by attractive, accessible landscaped grounds.

Accessibility and facilities

Paths vary between hard surfaced tarmac and some softer surfaces, which can be muddy after rain. The route is therefore not rated accessible for wheelchairs, prams & cycles.

There is a café available at Dam House with toilet facilities.

How to get there

The leaflet suggests two possible starting locations. The first is Astley Street Park. Since the leaflet was written, the Leigh Guided Busway route has opened at this location. The ‘Astley Street’ stop on this fast route from Leigh, Salford and Manchester is therefore shown as the main start point. The alternative start point is Dam House.

To work out how to get to and from either of the walk start points, simply click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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