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Slight adjustment to beginning, using paths past Newton Lake and Castle Hill

Slight adjustment to beginning, using paths past Newton Lake and Castle Hill


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Grid Ref SJ5934695344
Lat / Lon 53.45329° / -2.61366°
Easting / Northing 359,346E / 395,344N
Grid Ref SJ6045597911
Lat / Lon 53.47645° / -2.59729°
Easting / Northing 360,455E / 397,911N
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Hiking Historian

31 Dec 2023 Winter

A fairly straightforward route, with a good mix of footpaths and road walks on pavements.

Walked in reverse from Golborne to Newton-le-Willows. From the small square in the centre of Golborne, we take a few roads before joining a tarmac footpath that runs along the fence of a school. It eventually becomes earthern, and, once over a footbridge, it runs alongside a brook, and can be muddy in places.

The footpath joins 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.

Before the motorway bridge, there's a footpath that runs through the woods. It's a nice walk away from the road, and we pass the old motte of Newton's own castle. Down a few steps (almost a slope in places), and a tunnel under the motorway takes us onto a boardwalk and onto a field beyond.

A footpath follows the shoreline of Newton Lake (mostly dry here, although the path can be muddy), before entering the woods and along the lakeside. Nearing the end, we walk along the top of the dam until we reach the road beyond, and then to the station.

A foot-only route owing to some steps and sometimes muddy footpaths. Both ends are well-served by public transport and shops.

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