Pennington Flash

Pennington Flashes is an impressive Country Park covering 70 hectares and offering visitors a wide range of things to do and see.

The lake and surrounding marshland are a magnet for rare birds and wildlife. The site is recognised nationally for its importance, with over 230 bird species having been recorded including the Black-Faced Bunting, Nightingale, Cattle Egret, Whiskered Tern and Leach’s Petrel. The main nature reserve also features a number of hides and viewing areas for enthusiasts.

A network of paths surround the lake enabling visitors to enjoy at leisure the beautiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

For those who enjoy sport, a challenging nine hole pay and play golf course is located on site. Horse riding and angling is also permitted in designated areas and sailing and windsurfing are available. The children’s play area, picnic areas and informal recreation areas are ideal for families.

The term ‘Flashes’ refers to the lakes on the site which were formed over time as a result of the mining subsidence. They are a legacy of Wigan Borough’s industrial heritage and those at Pennington Flash are a stunning example of how the industrial past has developed a beautiful location for wildlife. 


Sign posted from the A580 East Lancs Road. Follow the signs and turn onto the A579 Atherleigh Way then left onto the A572 St Helens Road. The main entrance is situated on St Helens Road opposite Leigh Fire Station. For sat nav users the post code is WN7 3PA.

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Is there disabled access

The main car park is pay and display and parking for disabled visitors is free if a disable badge is displayed.

There is disabled toilet on site located at the information centre and is open from 8:30 till sunset.

Most paths are suitable for wheelchair users especially the main nature reserve circuit. All bird hides have level or ramped access and a suitable inclusive view slots.

The small play area has inclusive play equipment.


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car parking, toilets, catering, picnic area, golf, footpaths, play area, hides and nature walks, fishing and horse riding

The main car park is pay and display with parking for more than 200 cars.

The visitor centre has toilets and an information point.

Other facilities include:

  • Catering on most days from a mobile catering unit offering hot and cold light refreshments;
  • Nine hole golf course;
  • Extensive network of footpaths providing a range of short to medium length walks;
  • Nature reserve areas and 7 bird hides;
  • Play area;
  • Picnic areas;
  • Angling is allowed on the main lake from certain banks;
  • Horse riding is permitted along designate paths;
  • Coach parties and organised groups welcome subject to booking.

A site leaflet is available along with a parks events programme guide.

Opening times

The site is open all year. The Visitor Centre and toilets, and bird hides are open every day except Christmas Day 8:30 to sunset. On site Ranger Service every day except Christmas Day from 8:30 to sunset subject to staff availability.


Contact: phone or fax on 01942 605253 (answering machine on when staff not in office).Email:

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Swans take off by running across the water as fast as they can with their wings flapping. Once airborne they can reach speeds of upto 55mph

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