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Pennington Flash

Pennington Flash is the second-largest body of water in Greater Manchester and part of England’s newest National National Reserve – the Flashes of Wigan and Leigh.

Highlights include:

  • Views of colourful yachts and dinghies sailing from Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club
  • Lovely quiet field paths on the southern side of the lake
  • Plenty of chances to observe a wide variety of water birds, especially from the two hides that overlook ponds just north of the visitor centre
  • An exciting children’s play area and ‘The Hide’ café overlooking the lake.

Opening hours:
April to September: 8am-7:30pm
October: 8am-6pm
November to March: 8am-5pm.

Contact details

St Helens Road
Leigh Wigan
WN7 3PA Google Maps Link

Other places to visit along this stage

Wigan Pier

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The Hide Coffee House & Cafe

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‘Flashes of Wigan and Leigh’ National Nature Reserve

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The Nevison Country Inn

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Whistle Stop Café

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Swan and Railway Hotel Wigan


Spinners Mill

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