Let's Get Strolling

Beautiful Walled Garden at Haigh Haigh Grounds In Front of Norman's House Reebok on the way back Reebok on the way out.... What Strong Chaps!
Wednesday May 6th Leader Norman Thomas. Advertised length 14 miles, actual miles walked 17. Start 10.00am Finish 16.45pm.

Another classic walk lead by "Stormin' Norman". A wet and blustery morning did not deter 17 hardy souls who turned up at Norman's house, perhaps lured by the promise of Betty's Cream Tea at the finish. Down the hill we went and off to the outskirts of Wigan, passing the side of Middlebrook estate. Norman and Bill had to push away a tree that was blocking the path, what strong chaps! Onward to Haigh where the promise of a lunch stop beckoned. First though we walked through the lovely grounds at Haigh, the walled garden especially was ablaze with spring flowers. Lunchtime also brought much improved weather, a peep of sun and some blue sky.

After lunch a circuitous route took us to the canal, past Haigh again and onto Top Lock on the outskirts of Wigan where a swift pint of Jennings was enjoyed by many. The return journey was highlighted by a truly spectacular walk through Borsdane Woods which were at the height of bluebell and wild garlic season and smelt absolutely wonderful.

We returned back over the motorway and railway, alongside Red Moss and up the hill to Normans where Betty and Enid did us proud with a wonderful spread and plenty of tea. Thanks to them for their hard work, there wasn't a scone left standing!

PS. Norman, Reg was very kind to you and didn't collect on his bet that we would see some sun. Perhaps make it double or quits next time?