Discover and enjoy six rewarding scenic routes in Wigan.
The deadline to complete the routes and submit evidence for the Winter challenge is the 31st March 2024
We’ve created six beautiful and bespoke routes of varying distances.
Walk, jog or run. It’s up to you. Choose any route, at any time and in any order!
We provide you with bespoke turn-by-turn audio instructions as well as precise locations for the start and parking, ensuring safe and seamlessly smooth route navigation and outdoor discovery.
You will need a smartphone and these two apps: RunGo and what3words
You will also need a link to the SixPack location group which will be sent in your participant pack following your registration.
You will receive the following on signing up:
On completion of all six routes you will receive a bespoke SixPack medal. Choose from either the original SixPack Metal Medal or the Summer Challenge Wooden Medal.
Haigh Woodland is a historic park in Wigan, the current hall was erected around 1827-1840 but the earliest recorded title dates back to 1295. It’s seen numerous heirs and the land was even once used for coal mining. Take a tour through its now extensive plantations and woodland paths. Home to an array of mammals, birds, amphibious and insets you might even catch a glimpse of a roe deer.
Part of the the greenheart sites that were once the mining and textile industries in the area, when these declined, the mines closed and large areas of empty land were left behind. Now the Flashes have been re-colonised from its result of mining subsidence into shallow wetlands forming a haven of seedbeds, mosslands and open water for local wildlife to thrive. Take in the tranquility of this beautiful environment not far from the centre of Wigan to escape the busyness of modern life.
One of eight local sites comprising the Flashes of Wigan and Leigh, it was designated an NNR (National Nature Reserve) in October 2022. They were formed by the ‘flash’ flooding of former coal mining site and now boast an exceptional range of habitats including open water, swamp, tall herb fen, seedbed, grassland and woodland. Take your pick, you will see this diversity on your run as well as a section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Named after the once famous three large spoil heaps Three Sisters Nature Reserve is a wildlife wetland reserve. The route skirts the lake, home to a variety of birdlife and lays track to wetland terrain with impressive vistas and tranquil scenery along the way, its mining activity a part of the distant past.
Starting out from New Springs on the Crawfords Wood Bridle Path you’ll then join a section of the National Cycle Route 55, a former railway line. Enjoy the pleasant tree-lined trails before heading into the beautiful Borsdane Wood and then on a section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Another area in the Greenheart of Wigan, Amberswood and Low Hall boast an impressive mixture of small lakes, ponds, wetlands, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Low Hall which is adjacent to Amberswood is a smaller reserve with hidden fairy gardens, mixed art pieces and its own stone circle. The path allows the escape to nature, you might even see a nesting swan or many of the native wildlife on route.