Three Sisters & Viridor Woods walk
Wigan, Ashton-in-MakerfieldType of walk
Flat, Forest, ParkWhat's here
Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, On Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Animals On Route, Picnic Areas, Water On Route, Toilets, Wheelchair FriendlyAbout this walk
The Three Sisters (LNR) is a wildlife wetland reserve providing the local community and visitors a gateway into the wider Wigan Flashes Nature reserve.
Visitors will be impressed by the tranquil beauty of the lake which plays home to a variety of birdlife including goosanders, mute swans, grey heron and kingfisher.
The locally famous bird feeding station, which draws in ornithologists from the local area and further afield, offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy closer views of local wildlife including the nationally rare Willow Tit (one of five RSPB red listed birds in the area), plus the Jay, Chaffinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
The reserve was once famous for its three large spoil heaps known locally as the ‘Three Sisters’ and from this the site officially became the Three Sisters Recreation Area. Natural regeneration following past mining has re-colonised parts of the reserve and now provides an interesting and diverse mix of grassland species.
From Colliery to community woodland, with large open spaces, great views, sculptures and car parking Viridor Wood is an ideal way to spend an afternoon. Linking to the Three Sisters Country Park and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal you can explore further afield from here.
Richard Caink's fascinating sculptures provide a welcome place to rest and remember the woodland's past as a coalmine. Set over three areas, there is the opportunity to explore as you wish from a quick five minute stroll up to a whole day exploring Viridor Wood and the neighbouring country park and canal.
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How to get there
Three Sisters Rd, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN4 8DD, UK
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