Worthington Lakes is a series of three reservoirs near Standish, Wigan. The area is a country park owned and managed by United Utilities.
The reservoirs were built to supply Wigan with drinking water and are fed by the River Douglas.
From north to south the reservoirs are:
- Adlington Lake
- Arley Lake
- Worthington Reservoir
Footpaths run around the reservoirs. It’s possible to walk around them all or just one. There are picnic tables and benches here and there.
The reservoirs are popular with anglers. Fish here include trout, rudd, roach, carp, and bream.
The area is also a good spot for birdwatching. Species frequenting include mallard, tufted duck, great crested grebe, coot, heron, and kingfisher.
Dogs are not permitted.
Worthington Lakes is located just off the A5106 (Chorley Road). There’s a small car park near Worthington Reservoir. Go through the gate to access the park. Parking at the time of our last visit (2020) was free.
Worthington Lakes doesn’t have its own postcode. Use the postcode for the adjacent Worthington Lake Care Home (WN1 2XN) to find it using your satellite navigation system.
Haigh Woodland Park, a couple of miles to the south, offers more facilities plus attractions for children.