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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 3rd October, 2023)

Whelley Loop


Whelley Loop
The old Whelley Station was on the right of this photo. It wasn’t open for long but the Station was still there when the line closed in the 70s.
The bridge has been altered since then and takes walkers under Wigan Road.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: PeterP on 3rd October 2023 at 05:34

I presume the barrier stops cars from driving along the footpath? Nice to see a footpath that is wheelchair friendly. Is the gate to the right to allow mobility scooters access to the walk?

Comment by: Garry on 3rd October 2023 at 06:46

The Lancashire Union Railway known locally as the Whelley loop line. The Whelley and Amberswood stations were short-lived, opened on the 1st January 1872 and closed to passengers on the 1st March in 1872.
The line remaind open for goods until the 1970s and the lines lifted by 1976.
You can see the remains of the station in item number 14290.
Thanks Dannis, it's a good walk, but very muddy further up the track bed going towards Standish.
So make sure you take your Whelleys....so it's Whelleys for the Loop.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd October 2023 at 08:09

People who lived in Whelley who worked at the ROF during the war would have travelled from here up to the early sixties. Later they went by coach. I knew a lot of folk who worked there from those times in my time there. When was the station built there? Does anybody know?

Comment by: Garry on 3rd October 2023 at 09:20

The Lancashire Union Railway known locally as the Whelley loop line. The Whelley and Amberswood stations were short-lived opened on the 1st January 1872 and closed to passengers on the 1st March 1872. The line remained open for goods until 1970 and the lines lifted by 1976.
You can see the remains of the station in item number 14290.
Thanks Dennis, it's a good walk but very muddy further up the track bed towards Standish.
So make sure you take your wellies...so it's wellies for the loop. Sorry for the spelling mistakes at 06:46 (late night with the sherry) cheers.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd October 2023 at 10:58

I walked along here with a friend many years ago; even though there are no trains now you get a feeling of how it used to be.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 3rd October 2023 at 14:52

Plans are in progress to upgrade the path through to Haigh Hall

Comment by: e on 3rd October 2023 at 17:34

The Arch
Not only a simply , but a journey that we took ,
Nature , of course has everything ,
of every architectural
look ,
A simple taken for granted ,
But with a thousand year clasp ,
to the box of those before us ,
with a gift and a brain to grasp ...

Comment by: Alan on 3rd October 2023 at 19:09

A great walk on a nice day.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 3rd October 2023 at 20:25

Sorry about the time but is what was the Alexander pub now Tesco above this bridge Dennis as I used to work with the landlords son Terry at Harvey’s 1967 ish .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 3rd October 2023 at 21:22

From here John Tesco's is down the road to the right.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 3rd October 2023 at 21:49

That’s interesting Dennis I am really puzzled now.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 3rd October 2023 at 23:35

Got it Dennis up that walkway over the bridge and like you said Tesco is on the right.Thank you Dennis.

Comment by: e on 4th October 2023 at 14:43

The Arch
Not only a simply , but a journey that we took ,
Nature , of course has everything ,
of every architectural
look ,
A simple taken for granted ,
But with a thousand year clasp ,
to the box of those before us ,
with a gift and a brain to grasp ...

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