688 Appley Bridge to Ashurst Beacon

From Ashurst Beacon, one of a chain of beacons built in 1798 to warn of French invasion, the view stretches across six counties to the Isle of Man. Napoleon never came, but now the Douglas Valley has an Indian intruder, for Himalayan balsam covers the hillsides.

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LOCATION: 4 miles north west of Wigan
START: Appley Bridge Station, roadside parking near station
Grid ref: SD524093 Postcode: WN6 9AY
DISTANCE: 7.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Southport & Chorley Landranger 108
EN ROUTE: River Douglas, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Roby Mill, Walthew Green, Dean Wood, Dean Locks

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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