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Slight change to the ending, avoiding the road walk and using footpaths around Castle Hill

Slight change to the ending, avoiding the road walk and using footpaths around Castle Hill


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Grid Ref SJ5776299272
Lat / Lon 53.48847° / -2.63804°
Easting / Northing 357,762E / 399,272N
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Grid Ref SJ5934695344
Lat / Lon 53.45329° / -2.61366°
Easting / Northing 359,346E / 395,344N

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31 Dec 2023 Winter

A fairly straightforward route. Although it uses footpaths, it is mostly a road walk, although some of the footpaths may be too muddy or uneven for wheeled users.

From the centre of Ashton-in-Makerfield, we use a few roads with good pavements and crossings to reach Ashton Heath. Past the actual heath, the road becomes unpaved, although it only serves a farm, so little traffic. Here we join a footpath that runs between hedges and the fence of the racecourse. Both this, and the field into which we move through next, can be wet and muddy in poor weather, but not impassable.

At the end, we join another muddy footpath, before taking a junction onto a tarmac track that runs across the starting straight of the racecourse and onto an unpaved track beyond, which is a quiet rural walk, closed to almost all traffic.

From the track, we join a residential road, and from here, it's pavements all the way. There's a busy crossroads to negotiate, where there is a crossing, but you do have to time it right. The road ahead is shaded by trees, and can be covered in wet leaves in autumn and winter.

Approaching the motorway bridge, we take a footpath through woodland away from the road. It's a good metalled earth footpath, and runs past the motte of Newton's former castle. Down a few steps (now mostly slope) and through a tunnel under the motorway, before reaching a boardwalk beyond. As we take a couple of steps onto the field beyond, we take the path to the right up snd alongside the fence, before joining a greentrack across the middle of the fields.

At its end we join a road, which runs into the centre of Newton-le-Willows, passing its pubs and church, and eventually ending at the viaduct of the station.

Both ends are well-served by public transport and shops.

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