Leigh town guide
The town of Leigh is situated midway between Manchester and Wigan, to the south of Bolton. The town was built on coal mining, at one stage the Wigan and Leigh Mining and Technical College was world-renowned. Of late the mines have disappeared as deep mined coal has proved to be too costly compared to imported coal from huge open cast sites.
Many of the derelict industrial sites left as a legacy of the mining industry have now been redeveloped, having become pleasant housing or light industrial developments. The traditional terraced streets that grew with the coal industry still exist in the town and still serve their purpose admirably.
Pennington Flash country Park to the west of the town provides an open space where the townsfolk can escape into a relatively peaceful wild life haven. The Leigh Arm of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal borders the Park to the north, just before it makes an end-on junction with the Bridgewater canal in the town.
Further to the west is Haydock Park Racecourse. The racecourse is conveniently situated by the junction of the M6 Motorway and the A580 East Lancashire Road.
The visitor with a hire car will find these parks easy to access as are attraction even further afield such as Rivington Country Park on the edge of the Pennine Hills and a delight for the rambler.