Walks: Haigh Country Park, Wigan

Perhaps the most remarkable thing to have happened at Haigh Country Park in recent years was a huge homecoming show by local favourites The Verve.

Of course, I say ‘remarkable’ with the rose-tinted spectacles of someone who still thinks Urban Hymns is a classic album worth listening to. Say it quickly and 1998 doesn’t seem like that long ago, either.

Take a stroll around Haigh Country Park today, however, and you’re unlikely see Richard Ashcroft and his erstwhile band mates. What you will see is Haigh Hall, a sizeable stately home which can be booked for weddings; a play park; 18 hole golf course; miniature railway; and a collection of walled gardens and pretty pools.





For somewhere that feels deceptively flat and low lying, there’s also an impressive panoramic view from the left hand side of the hall, which is presumably why it was built there in the first place.

Things are slightly quieter in the winter months when the railway doesn’t operate but that shouldn’t deter you from visiting for a circular stroll on decent enough footpaths which will fill a couple of hours.

There’s a nice cafe serving hot meals, teas and coffee too.

Getting there: Haigh Hall and Country Park
School Lane
(Don’t forget some coins for the car park pay and display)

Website: Click here

Verdict: Enjoy a cup of tea in the cafe while dad tries to work out where the stage where he saw The Verve play was.