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Thursday 29th September

This week’s ride is 20 miles almost all off road with little uphill.  We will join the canal towpath at Pool Street and leave at Moss Bridge where we will join the “yellow brick road” through to Cemetery Road then on to Amberswood.  We cross Amberswood and cycle on through Low Hall Nature Reserve and up to Leyland Park.  We then join some trails around the woods and open land at Bickershaw before passing through the Bickershaw Council Estate.  We cross Bickershaw Lane and follow more trails around the former colliery site emerging onto the Road to Nowhere before proceeding to circle Fir Tree Flash.  We continue to follow tracks through to Plank Lane and after a short section of road join trails taking us around Pennington Flash.  When we leave the Flash we rejoin the canal towpath and continue back to Moss Bridge where we cross the canal to enter the woods at Hawkley Hall.  After circling the woods we rejoin the canal towpath for a short distance until we reach the Westwood Way cycleway.  We join the cycleway, cross Poolstock Lane and then enter the Worsley Mesnes Estate.  After a short section of road we cycle into Parsons Meadow and follow trails through to Park Street and onwards to our start point.  Everyone is welcome to join us at The Brick café for a drink and chat after the ride. Ride Leader Phil B.

Starting at 9:30am from Trencherfield Mill, Heritage Way, Woods Street, Wigan WN3 4AT

Non members are very welcome to come along for a ride or two before joining, all we ask is that you fill out one of our membership forms before doing so and bring it along with you as well as your own bike & helmet to use on the ride.

No need to let us know if you’re coming along, just turn up on the day!

Membership forms are available for you to download from the website (About Us Page)

Previous Thursday Rides

22nd September Phil B: 21 miles on and off road including a difficult climb.  King Street West on our way to Mesnes Park emerging Walkden Avenue. Gidlow Lane then up to Gidlow Cemetery and onwards Wigan Road, track to Green Lane and down Standish Wood Lane to Elnup Wood. Crossing Shevington to join Miles Lane and drop down to Appley Bridge. Mill Lane and Appley Lane North into Lees Lane, laving after a short distance to tackle the lengthy climb up Long Heys Lane to Ashurst Beacon. Well earned rest outside the Prince William before a great downhill on Crow Lane and Farley Lane into Roby Mill. Walthew Green and onto the Whitley Road track through to Lafford Lane, through Upholland to Tontine, onwards to Orrell Water Park before joining Hall Lane track down to Leopold Street and Enfield Street. Alexandra Park then on to cycleways into Wigan and back to Trencherfield. 

15th September Phil B: 19 miles mainly off road and 750 feet of uphill. Canal towpath and the Westwood Way cycleway, Westwood Lane on our way to Amberswood.  We cross Amberswood and circle the lake before joining the Whelley Loop Line up to Higher Ince.  We then cut through the industrial estate to the track at Hemfield Road leading us to Ladies Lane and on to Danesway and the entrance of Borsdane Wood.  We cycle through the full length of the wood on a slight uphill climb towards the Balcarres at Haigh, then down the track at Toddington Lane into Little Scotland.  A short section of road takes us to Blundell Lane followed by Arley Lane and through the golf course to Red Rock. Over the canal and up School Lane into the Haigh Woodland Park, down into the Douglas Valley before returning back to join the canal towpath at New Springs. Downhill then into Wigan and back to our start point. 

8th September Phil B: 21 miles 870ft Ascent. Mainly on road with some cycleway. Westwood Way cycleway through to Goose Green, Little Lane, Leopold Street via Billinge Road and Enfield Street.  Passing through the Redwood estate taking bridleway through to Orrell.  Orrell Road into Upholland, Hall Green, Chequer Lane, following cycleways towards Digmoor.  Nipe Lane, Ferry Knoll Road into Rainford.  News Lane and Higher Lane leading to Crank.  Rainford Road climbing into Billinge.  Roby Well Way reaching Main Street, continued to Windy Arbour then downhill towards Wigan.  Saddle Junction back to Trencherfield.

1st September Phil B: 18 miles and 750ft of ascent. Saddle Junction, Alexandra Park, Billinge Road, Leopold Street, Hall Lane, Orrell Water Park, Tracks Lane then Billinge Lump, Rainford Road, Billinge, Garswood Road, Garswood, Downall Green, Brocstedes Road, Drummers Lane, Landgate, Devil’s Backbone, Hawkley Woods, Canal towpath, Westwood Way, Worsley Mesnes, Parsons Meadow and back to Trencherfield via Swan Meadow Road.

25th August Phil B: 21 miles on and off road with 650 ft of climbing.  Canal towpath at Poolstock, Bamfurlong, Viridor, Edge Green Road, Edge Green Lane, Haydock Park Racecourse, East Lancs, Newton, Park Road North into Wargrave, Vulcan Village, Sankey Valley Park trail, Carr Mill Dam, Carr Mill Road, Billinge, Newton Road, Main Street, Windy Arbour, Saddle Junction and back to Trencherfield. 

18th August Phil B: 20 miles on and off road ride with 400 feet of climbing.  Parsons Meadow, Westwood Way Moss Bridge woods adjacent to Pearson’s Flash, Cemetery Road, Spring View, Amberswood, Blackberry Drive, Park Road, Bickershaw, Road to Nowhere, Fir Tree Flash and follow the trails through to Plank Lane, Westleigh passing Firs Park, Corner Lane, Coupland Road, Swan Lane, Hindley, Whelley Loop Line and towpath back to Trencherfield.

11th August Phil B: 17 miles mainly off road with 500 feet of climbing.  Canal towpath up to Rabbit Rocks at New Springs, Whelley Loop, Amberswood, Low Hall, Kingsdown Flash, Morris Dancers, Crankwood, Pennington Flash, Green Lane, Byrom Lane, Slag Lane and finally the towpath back to Wigan.

4th August Phil B: 24 miles on road route with 1000 feet of climbing. Wallgate, DW Stadium onto Challenge Way, Kitt Green, Orrell Post through Upholland and around the monument to Hall Green. Chequer Lane, Pimbo, Crawford. News Lane into Rainford and on towards the Bypass. Crank Road past Fairfield Hospital on our way to Billinge.  Windy Arbour and Pemberton Road downhill into Wigan. Cycle lanes from the Saddle Junction back to Trencherfield. 

28th July Phil B: 19 miles and 500 feet of climbing.  Westwood Way, Goose Green, Clapgate Lane, Winstanley estate to Windy Arbour. Garswood, Ashton, Bryn, Three Sisters, Viridor, Bamfurlong, Amberswood & the boardwalk trails to Lower Ince and finally Westwood Way taking us back into Wigan.

21st July Allan F: 26 mile all on road with 900ft of ascent. A49 out through Standish to Charnock Richard, Back Lane across to Eccleston – Croston and then back via Halfpenny Lane and Cardiac Hill, Wrightington, Shevington, Crook, Martland Mill and back to base.

14th July Denis M: 21 miles all on road, Gathurst via the DW, Challenge Way & Spring Road, Shevington, Miles Lane into Appley Bridge, Back Lane to Wrightington, Mossy Lea to Charnock Richard & Heskin. Back though Charnock to the Hinds Head onto Chorley Road, Coppull Moor, Standish and back to base via Gidlow.

7th July Phil B: 21 mile and around 750 feet of climbing. Parsons Meadow, Worsley Mesnes, Westwood Way, towpath to Bamfurlong, alongside the railway into Viridor, across to Three Sisters, Downall Green, Garswood, Arch Lane, Carr Mill Dam, up into Billinge, Windy Arbour and a descent back into to Wigan via Pemberton Road, Billinge Road, cycleways from the Saddle Junction into Wallgate and back to the Brick.

30th June Carey B: No details of the route but approx 21 miles

23rd June Jim H: Winstanleys Bike Shop, woods to canal, Crooke Pads, Elnup, Standish, Chisnall tracks, Coppull, Chorley Panthers bridleway, Hic Bibbi, Standish bridleway past Wakefield Farm, mineral line to cemetery and depending on time Giants Hall or Gidlow Lane back to Trencherfield.  Approx 23 miles and guessing at around 900ft of climbing.

16th June Phil B: 22 miles and around 500ft of climbing Canal to Hawkley, Devils Backbone, Landgate Lane, Soughers Lane, Downall Green Road and into Garswood. Garswood Old Road to Carr Mill, Sankey Valley Trail, into Vulcan Village Back via Park Road South, Rob Lane and Newton Lane crossing the East Lancs to the Sandy Lane crossing Haydock Park Racecourse, Helen Street, Edge Green Lane into Viridor, track alongside the railway to Bamfurlong, canal towpath and back via Pool Street to Trencherfield.

9th June Phil B: Parsons Meadow, Alexandra Park. Billinge Road, Leopold Street and Hall Lane to Orrell Water Park. Tracks Lane to join Crank Road. Off road to climb Billinge Lump, downhill to the bottom of Billinge, Carr Mill Dam. Garswood Old Road, Garswood, Bryn, Three Sisters Nature Reserve, Viridor, alongside the railway line to Bamfurlong.  Towpath toPool St and back to Trencherfield. 22 miles and around 840 feet of climbing.

2nd June Phil B: 19 miles ride mainly off road.  Canal towpath to New Springs, Belle Green Lane, Higher Ince, track along Hemfield Road, Borsdane Wood to reach Bolton Road, Dodd Lane, Jacks Lane, Hindley, estate roads into Hindley Green, tracks into Platt Bridge, around Amberswood, Lower Ince and eventually onto Cemetery Road to join Westwood Way cycleway back into Wigan.

26th May Phil B: Wigan Park, Whitley Crescent, Gidlow Cemetery, Green Lane, Standish Mineral Line, Pepper Lane, Mossy Lea, Church Lane, Bentley Lane, Hilldale, Parbold Village, Lees Lane, Shevington, Standish Lower Ground, DW Stadium and Wallgate.

19th May Phil B: Parsons Meadow, tracks behind Hawkley Hall, Canal to Bamfurlong Bamfurlong, Kingsdown Flash, Crankwood via the Morris Dancers Ground. Plank Lane, Slag Lane, Byrom Hall Woods, Golborne, Ashton Heath, Skitters Wood, North Ashton, climb to Windy Arbour then back into Wigan passing through Alexandra Park then using the new cycle lanes into Wallgate and our start point. 22 miles and a modest 700 feet of climbing.

12th May Phil B: 21 mile and 1000 feet of climbing over a mix of on and off road. Westwood Way link road, Orrell, Upholland to Hall Green, Beacon Country Park, Elmers Green, Ashurst Beacon, Long Heys Lane, Lees Lane, Canal towpath, Gathurst, Shevington, ‘Pads’ into Crooke Village, Martland Mill & back to Trencherfield.

5th May Phil B: Mainly road with a few trail sections Wigan Park to Kenyon Road, Gidlow Cemetery, Standish, Green Lane and the Standish Mineral Line cycleway to Old Pepper Lane. Heskin, Town Lane, Toogood Lane, Finger Post at Wrightington, Appley Bridge, Mill Lane, pads down to Crooke Village, woods to Challenge Way & canal back to base. 19 miles and 800ft of climbing.

28th April Phil B: 21 mile and generally flat. Westwood, Amberswood (inc the boardwalks), Park Road, Bickershaw, Road to Nowhere, Fir Tree Flash, Pennington Flash and canal towpath back to Trencherfield.

21st April Pete H: Bamfurlong via the canal towpath, side of the Railway at Bamfurlong into Viridor, Riding Lane, into Lowton. Pennington Flash and Fir Tree Flash, Bickershaw Lane, Low Hall via the Remand Centre into Amberswood and back to base. 20 miles over a mix of terrain with very little climbing.

14th April Allan F: Martland Mill, Crook Pads, through Elnup Woods to Standish, short section on the mineral line then along the course of the old Roman road which is now a rough track through Hic Bibbi along Coppull Moor Lane and into Chisnall Hall. Crossing the M6 on a track to Mossey Lee then Cardiac Hill to Wrighington – down through Appley Bridge Up Bank Brew to Roby Mill, through Lafford Lane to Up Holland, track across to Gathurst Rd and back to base via Robin Park Road. 
About 25 miles 1125 ft of climbing most of it up Bank Brew !!!

7th April Graham H: Worsley Mesnes, Scotsmans Flash, canal towpath to Dover Lock, Golborne and through to the East Lancs at Lowton. Cycle lane to the Greyhound roundabout, Windy Bank, Leigh Fire Station, Pennington Flash Country Park and the canal towpath back to Trencherfield. Approx 23 mile and a modicum of ascent.

31st March Phil B: Swan Meadow Road to join the canal towpath at Poolstock and make our way to Bamfurlong, Viridor, Golborne, Haydock Park and into Newton-le-Willows. Wargrave, Sankey Valley Trail, Carr Mill, Garswood up to Windy Arbour and back to Trencherfield via Pemberton, Alexandra Park and the Saddle. Approx 21 mile, 650ft of ascent and a mix of both on and off-road.

24th March Phil B: Saddle Junction, Alexandra Park, tracks to Billinge Road, Triangle Valve industrial estate. Hall Lane taking to Orrell Water Park. Tracks Lane, through Tontine and up to Hall Green via Alma Hill, Beacon Park.  Circling the tracks around the park dropping down to Elmer’s Green and climbing back up again before leaving the park. Crow Lane, Roby Mill, Upholland, Spencer’s Lane to Kitt Green rejoining roads through to the DW Stadium via Challenge Way and back to Trencherfield. 20 mile and approx 1000ft of climbing.

17th March Phil B: Parsons Meadow, Westwood Way, Scotsman’s, woods near Pearson’s Flash and Cemetery Road into Amberswood.  Boardwalks, Whelley Loop Line to Top Lock, Haigh. Little Scotland and Blundell Lane. Arley Golf Course before joining the canal towpath at Red Rock. Sennicar Lane crossing  Swinley to briefly enter Wigan Cemetery, Beech Hill followed by the canal at Martland Mill back to Trencherfield.  19 miles and approx 700 feet of climbing.

10th March Allan F: 21 mile all on road with a hint of climbing (1100ft), Out through Orrell, Upholland, Appley Bridge, Long Heys Lane over the Beacon and back through Pimbo & Billinge

3rd March Allan F: 20 mile (ish) road ride Orrell – Billinge – Rainford – Crawford & Crank villages

24th February Allan F: Sankey Valley

10th February Phil B: Westwood Way cycleway to join the canal towpath at Scotsman’s Flash and through to Bamfurlong, track at the side of the railway to join the trail around Viridor.  Section of road to Golborne, through to the tracks at Byrom Wood and trails around Pennington Flash. Returning through Crankwood to Abram, canal towpath back to Bamfurlong. Platt Bridge estates, trails through Amberswood and into Lower Ince, tracks behind Westwood and a short section of Westwood Way back to Trencherfield. Approx 21 miles. 

3rd February Phil B: Saddle Junction, cycleway to Marsh Green, side roads through the Marsh Green estate and on to Kitt Green. Orrell and Upholland on our way to Hall Green, Pimbo and into Rainford before climbing into Billinge. Garswood next then Windy Arbour before dropping back down to Wigan, through Alexandra Park and using cycleways to return to our start point at Trencherfield Mill.  21 miles and approx 900 ft of climbing.

27th January Phil B: 17 miles and pretty flat going. Canal towpath to join the Whelley Loop Line taking us to Amberswood, across Hindley to join Park Road and through the tracks to Bickershaw.  Road to Nowhere and Fir Tree Flash.  Plank Lane, Crankwood, Dover Lock and the canal towpath to Bamfurlong. Millers Lane estate and back on to Amberswood, across to Lower Ince, Westwood Way joining the cycleway back to the canal towpath and on to Trencherfield.

20th January Phil B: Parsons Meadow to Worsley Mesnes, cycleway alongside Westwood Way down to join the Leeds-Liverpool canal to Bamfurlong. Tracks around Viridor and Three Sisters. Landgate Lane and back roads through to North Ashton and Garswood.  Tracks from Garswood into Billinge, road up to Windy Arbour then dropping down towards Wigan and crossing Alexandra Park before joining the cycleway at the Saddle Junction taking us back to our start point. Nineteen miles over mixed terrain

30th December Jim T: Just under 20 miles with a height gain of 733 ft, Standish and out through Coppull, Charnock Richard into Eccleston, back along Bannister Green, Barnskin Lane, Toogood Lane, Tunley Lane Shevington Moor before dropping through Shevington, Crooke, Martland Mill and along Stadium Way back to Trencherfield Mill.

23rd December Rudderless: Five doing this 19 mile mix of road and off road. Parsons Meadow to Worsley Mesnes, Westwood Way, canal to Bamfurlong. Tracks around Viridor & Three Sisters. Landgate Lane, North Ashton and Garswood, Billinge, Orrell, Kit Green & back to base.

16th December Phil B: Fourteen participants for a mix road and off road. Undulating 19 mile route that including Parsons Meadow, Triangle Valve, Tontine, Roby Mill, Elnup Wood, Standish and Martland Mill.

9th December Allan R: Just the eight on a road ride of about 23 miles, heading to Eccleston through Standish along the A49 then back via Wrightington, Shevington and Martland Mill.

2nd December Jim T: Grand total of 19 taking on this 22 mile road ride through Rivington, Horwich, Lostock and Aspull.

25th November Phil B: Fifteen on the ride up the flight to Rabbit Rocks, Whelley Loop Line, Ladies Lane, Hindley to join the ‘pig sty’ off road route out to Bickershaw, Fir Tree circling the flash then canal towpath at Plank Lane Bridge, tracks around Pennington Flash before rejoining the canal and returning to Wigan. 19 miles long with 440 feet of ascent.  

18th November Phil B: The majority off road but included some road sections covering 19 undulating miles. Amberswood where we followed tracks through sections of boardwalk. Hindley Green and on to Hindley. Borsdane Wood, Aspull and then dropping through the grounds of Haigh Hall and Douglas Valley before climbing back to join the canal at New Springs following the canal towpath downhill into Wigan.

11th November Phil B: The route is around 20 miles and will include off road sections including Parsons Meadow, Viridor, Three Sisters, Carr Mill and Hawkley Woods.  The terrain will be undulating but the uphills will be gradual climbs, with no long steep ones.

4th November Phil B: Eleven did this 20 mile route that included the cycleway out to Marsh Green then on to Kitt Green and Upholland, Beacon Country Park exploring some of the tracks. Roby Mill, Tontine and Billinge before descending into Wigan to return on the cycleway alongside the new road.

28th October Jim T: Nine riding despite the forecast of wind & rain. Cobbled canal out to Challenge Way through the woods to Crooke and onto Giants Hall. Leyland Mill Lane up to the Hall, Balcarres, Borsdane Wood, Amberswood & back to Trencherfield

21st October Allan F: Seven venturing up the Canal flight through the plantations to Haigh, on the road through Blackrod – Horwich round Rivington back down to Adlington and then we will take the track which crosses the River Douglas via a ford ,if you are feeling brave. Canal to Arley , Red Rock , Boars Head then see how we feel about Wigan Lane or through cemetery to Gidlow Lane.

14th October Phil B: 11 takers for this one, mainly off road and included the Westwood Way cycleway, Hawkley Woods, Amberswood, Crankwood, Fir Tree Flash and a short section of Leeds-Liverpool Canal. 20 miles on relatively flat terrain with no serious hills.

5 Comments, RSS

  • Terry says:

    I have got a electric bike and is that ok.
    Regards Terry.

    • Paul says:

      Hi Terry electric bike should be fine, but just bear in mind that a lot of the off-road trails we use have access barriers (kissing gate type affair)on them. Might be a little more awkward to negotiate with a heavier bike. Only one way to find out though!

    • Geoffrey Smith says:

      I regularly use an electric bike on rides without problem

  • Jack Dodd says:

    Hi to all present today Thursday 2nd August. Thank you for welcoming me today. I hope I didn’t hold you back too much. It was great to see the route and hope I can gain better fitness to join you again sometime in the future. Meanwhile I shall try the Lifestyle group, thanking you for the introduction to Keith. Cheers and safe riding. Jack

  • Pauline Taylor says:

    Does anyone know if the Thursday ride is likely to be on this week due to weather ?

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