Haigh Hall Country Park is large, and there's plenty of space for dog walkers. It's very popular with families during the school holidays. You can also get to this park from the M6.
Pay & Display car parks. WC, café, gift shop, visitor centre, children's play area, miniature railway, picnic area. Note: no dog poo bins.
Haigh Country Park is large, and very popular with families during the school holidays. We followed local dog walkers to find open ground with the least number of people.
Walk past the visitor centre down the hill to the left, in the direction of Haigh Hall, and this is where the canine community can be found enjoying the greenery off-lead. There are no set routes, just plenty of space for canine capers. The higher ground gives a panoramic view of the Reebok Stadium, and Bolton.
Well marked and maintained Woodland Trails start from the visitor centre, and the paths are mostly hard-surfaced.
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Great circular route from the hall to the canal
Haigh Hall Country park is a lovely spot for dog walks and if you have young children as well, there's a lot here to entertain them at the same time. In fact, the country park as a whole have a nice variety of things to see and do including formal gardens, woodland walks, adventure golf, ropes course, playgrounds, adventure play area and food court.
The best dog walking area is down past the Hall - I particularly like walking down to the canal - to do this follow the tarmac-d access road until you pass the miniature railway, then fork right on a wide gravel path which leads downhill to the canal.
Cross the bridge and turn left onto the canal path here. Follow the path to the next bridge then take the path back up the hill here.
Once you are back in the thick of the woodlands turn left onto one of the wooded footpaths and you'll weave your way through trees back to the miniature railway and the main leisure area. Just follow the general noise of children playing...
There's a good picnic spot at Haigh Hall if you bring refreshments with you, or there's nice food on offer including gorgeous ice cream in the food courtyard. Dog bowls with water are available here too.
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