Viridor Wood (Gold Route)


4.5 miles long

Three Sisters #Wigan

Three Sisters Recreation Area path cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dave Green - geograph.org.uk/p/921698 – 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.

Viridor Wood was created in 2001 and by 2003 the millionth tree was planted. This community woodland includes wood sculptures at its highest point. It has three parts: the western section is between Three Sisters and the A58; the central part is between the A58 and the railway line; the eastern section is between the railway line and Abram Flashes. It is managed by Forestry England.

The route also includes Three Sisters Recreation Area, which consists of land reclaimed from the mining industry after the levelling of three colliery spoil heaps in the 1960s. The site has a number of habitats including woodland, mossland, water and wetland.

Accessibility and facilities

The paths are hard surfaced and level in most places. However, according to leaflet, they are unsuitable for disabled, pram or cycle access. The leaflet states that toilet facilities are available at Three Sisters Recreation Area.

How to get there

The start of the walk is only about a 1-mile / 1.6-km walk from Bryn railway station or from Bryn Cross (for buses).

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link below. 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 shown below into the TFGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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