Dog walk

Three Sisters & Viridor Woods walk

Wigan, Ashton-in-Makerfield

Type of walk

Flat, Forest, Park

What's here

Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, On Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Animals On Route, Picnic Areas, Water On Route, Toilets, Wheelchair Friendly

About 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.
Viridor Woods
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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Comments (5)

  • Jane427 profile

    a year ago

    Where is the route for the walk??!!
  • anyahunt profile

    a year ago

    I walked around the duck pond. Up the hill to the top right corner then through the woods and essentially round the race track about an hour. Beautiful off lead walk
  • Ema77 profile

    a year ago

    Great for letting them run, can get muddy but loads to explore for the dogs
  • Jessye profile

    6 months ago

    Combined the two areas would be a good few miles. Flat with gradient areas. Not a lot of bins however. Not too muddy either.
  • BeckyBetty profile

    2 months ago

    One big pond.. small forest area to walk around. Nice area to picnic etc.
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Three Sisters Rd, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN4 8DD, UK View on Google

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