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Date(s) - 27th July 2017
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Gathurst Station


A walk of 5.5 miles. A  fascinating day exploring old lines in and around the small Lancashire town of Standish (O.S Explorer Map sheet 285).  Starting from  Gathurst, the group will view the nearby Leeds & Liverpool Canal locks and the old junction with the formerly navigable River Douglas, together the remains of a narrow gauge line that ran from Gathurst Station to a nearby explosives works. The main feature of the day, however, is the Wigan Coal and Iron Company’s Standish Railway from the ‘pier head’ at Crooke and John Pit to Shevington Moor via Standish and the former connection with the West Coast Main Line, north of Wigan.

The group will meet at Gathurst Station, Gathurst Lane, Wigan, WN6 8LB (westbound platform) at 10.30 a.m, after arrival of services from Manchester Victoria depart 09.46 a.m, (Wigan Wallgate 10.24 a.m.) and Southport depart 09.51 a.m. Packed lunch required (possible after-walk beverage at a pub in Shevington Moor).

Return bus service from Shevington Moor to Wigan for onward connections.

For further details contact Gerald Leach, by email at: gerald.leach@btinternet.com or telephone 01565 654342.