Another mostly off-road ride Guided Ride from Be Well Wigan.
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 causeway. The flashes are havens for wildlife and one of the largest, Scotsman's Flash is home to Wigan Sailing Club.
Next you will go uphill passing one of Britain’s largest set of locks - 21 of them in total. You will head into the grounds of Haigh Hall a large Country Park and Hall, left to the residents of Wigan by Lord Crawford for the enjoyment of all.
We take a break at the courtyard where there are several options for food and drink.
Our return journey takes through the lower plantations onto 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 re-joining the canal and returning to Three Sisters via Viridor Woods.
You will need appropriate clothing for the weather, ideally in the spirit of Christmas as it is a festive ride. You should bring cash if you intend to purchase additional refreshments, a spare inner tube, pump, basic tools and a puncture repair kit.https://www.letsride.co.uk/terms