Tuesday 7th January 2020 10:00am

Starting from - Three Sisters Recreation Area. Please note the ride does not start from the race track. There is a right turn just before the race track entrance which will take you to the car park at the visitors centre at the lake side.

This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. https://w3w.co/twig.silks.goal tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it.
, WN4 8DD

This Inspiring healthy lifestyles ride is open for anyone to join

  • 12.9 miles
  • Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres)
  • 3 hr
  • Steady
  • Wigan
  • Children aged 8-15*, Children aged 11-15*, Adults 16+ only

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Starting point

Three Sisters Recreation Area
Three Sisters Road
Wigan
Greater Manchester
WN4 8DD

Three Sisters Recreation Area

This Guided Ride is from Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles who are now utilising the letsride platform to deliver part of their ride program with BC trained ride leaders.

Great, predominantly traffic free route exploring Wigan's natural environment created by it's mining heritage. The ride starts at Three Sisters Visitors Centre situated by the lake which plays home to a variety of birdlife including Canada geese, Mute swans, Grey heron and Kingfisher.

The route circles the racing circuit used for car, motorcycle and kart racing on a traffic free path before heading towards the canal towpath at Platt Bridge. From there you pass the many flashes alongside the canal that were created by subsidence from coal mining and subsequent flooding - at some points the canal passes through with flashes on both sides like a causway. The flashes are havens for wildlife and one of the largest, Scotsman's Flash is home to Wigan Sailing Club.

The route then follows the canal towpath through the start of the long flight of locks - there are actually 21 all the way to 'Top Lock' in New Springs but you only pass 1/2 of them before joining the 'Wigan Greenheart' cycle path. This is again naturalised from Wigan's mining heritage and follows the path of an old mineral line through to Hindley and Platt Bridge. The route then takes us around the newly landscaped Amberswood Common and lake before rejoining the canal and returning to Three Sisters.

Route rating

4.5 stars (21) Reviews