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Wigan Pier to Red Rock Circular Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameWigan Pier to Red Rock Circular
Distance : miles (km)9.76  (15.71)
Posted ByChris Mac
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionGreater Manchester
Start LocationWigan Pier
End LocationWigan Pier
Cycle Steps
Within the first 3 miles of this route there are 10 towpath gates to pass through but this is worth it because of the scenery. It also means you have a relatively traffic free route that is priceless :)
Near By Cycle Shops
Wigan Halfords
Your comments?
posted by:Tommy PRating : difficult :
I like this route because of the scenery and because it is mostly off road.
My pathway differs slightly, as I start at the Boars Head Pub and go along the farm track towards Beech Hill estate rather than through the cemetry (not because I'm scared or anything), it's just a bit rougher for a mountain bike.
From the Boars Head Pub on th A49 its all down hill until you hit the canal which is level til you get past Wigan Pier, where the route begins to rise with the canal locks.
It's a good route if your not too fit as each rise is interspersed with a relatively flat section and if you do feel the need to stop, what better place than by the canal locks with well kept grass areas. You could even have a picnic there.
Once you're past all the lock rises it's flat til you arrive at Bridge 63 (which used to be the Crawford Arms), then it's back on the road at Red Rock, a steep down hill section where you can exceed the 30MPH speed limit!!!.
The last part is a relatively mild uphill slog back to the Boars Head.
Alternatively, start at Bridge 63, which would mean you'll have an easy final section along the flat canal tow-path.
It takes me just under an hour to complete this circuit and around one and a half hours at a more leisurley pace.

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