Pit headgear was once a common sight in Lancashire, yet now only the one at Astley Green Colliery remains. The high steel latticework is a fine reminder and so is the winding engine, the largest ever used in the county. But what's needed, say the volunteers, is restoration money. Let's hope their plea is answered soon.
LOCATION: 2 miles west of Worsley
START: Boothstown. Turn off A572 down Boothshall Way and park near The Moorings.
Grid ref: SD726004 Postcode: M28 1LP
DISTANCE: 4 miles
GRADE: Easy, but a bit muddy.
TIME: 2 hours, plus extra for visiting the colliery
MAP: Explorer - Bolton, Wigan & Warrington Landranger 109
NOTE: Astley Green Colliery Museum open Tues, Thurs and Sun pm
REFRESHMENTS: The Moorings, Rossís Arms & The Old Boathouse
EN ROUTE: Bridgewater Canal, Bridgewater Marina
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News