Pennington Flash Country Park

Situated in Leigh, around 6 miles south-east of Wigan, Pennington Flash is a popular country park and nature reserve. At its centre is a 70-hectare lake (the ‘Flash’), formed as a result of mining subsidence and flooding.

The park is famous for its wildlife and is one of the premier bird watching spots in the region and over 200 species of bird have been spotted here. In 1994 the UK’s first ever Black-faced Bunting was spotted here and attracted more than 6,000 birdwatchers from all over the country.

There are seven hides around Pennington Flash, mainly around the smaller lakes at the northern end of the park. One of the best is the Bunting Hide. The feeding station here attracts all kinds of birds, making it great for photography.

Butterflies, dragonflies, bats, and orchids are also found here.

Facilities here include a 9-hole golf course, children’s play area, picnic area, toilets, and information centre. Rangers are present throughout the year to provide information and advice. There’s often a mobile café and ice cream van parked up near the entrance.

Pennington Flash is also the base of the Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club.

The main entrance is situated just off A572, opposite the Robin Hood pub. To get there by car, exit the M6 motorway at Junction 23 and follow the A580 (East Lancashire Road) towards Manchester. After 4 miles take the A579 and follow the brown tourist signs for Pennington Flash. There’s a pay-and-display car park on the north eastern shore of the Flash.

Buses to Pennington Flash include the 589 Leigh-Lowton circular service and the 600/601 service from Wigan to Leigh.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs along the northern edge of the park. It’s possible to walk east along the towpath into Leigh town centre. Those walking west would (eventually) end up at Wigan Pier.



Pennington Flash Country Park

Address and postcode
Off St Helens Road
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

Visit Pennington Flash Country Park Website

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Daryl Ogden says

    Whilst minding my friend’s dog I thought it would be good to walk all the way round Pennington Flash as it was a nice day. The Flash is an amazing place to walk and to take your dog as well. I have to admit though that more than 90% of the walkways/pathways do “NOT” have any rubbish or pet waste bins. People are always writing to their local papers about irresponsible pet owners. Whoever is responsible for the Flash should be ashamed of themselves. They charge you for parking but don’t even provide enough bins so people can dispose of their rubbish. It is no wonder the pathways/walkways are strewn with rubbish and dog mess/dog mess bags! Such a shame that the local authority “DOES NOT” take pride in such a stunning asset as this country park!

  2. Deborah Waller says

    Over the Easter period I visited your lovely park. The sun was shining and there were people everywhere. Parking was a bit difficult but felt very upset as paid for parking but there was no toilet roll in the toilets. Just wanted to air my views. Many thanks.

  3. Dave Wilton says

    Had the pleasure of visiting Pennington Flash recently and found it an amazing place. Not only is the Flash spectacular but the wildlife was stunning too. A must see place if you have never visited

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