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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 20th June, 2012)


The Sandyforth mine today, three years after they started to fill it in. Taken from where the big hole used to be facing Wigan and Rivington. Rolling meadows and skylarks, rare birds these days, what a good job they did of the restoration.

Photo: Roger Whistlecroft  (Cannon A610)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 20th June 2012 at 04:29

Hello Roger, I put sandyforth on Google, then clicked on Wigan on the Internet which brought up an article in Stuff in wiganworld.
This article is about a proposal for a landfill site...There are links to two photo`s, of Sandyforth Pits 1 and 2.
These photo`s are in Photo`s of Wigan, Assorted, in wiganworld just above last one at bottom of page.

Comment by: Maggie K on 20th June 2012 at 08:08

Roger, where exactly is this, is it part of Wigan?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 20th June 2012 at 08:39

Forgot to mention - thought you`d tell us as they are yours!

Comment by: Roy on 20th June 2012 at 09:01

Maggie K or Dave Marsh, please refer back to yesterdays photo i need more help. Splendid view Roger i know what i,m looking at but i can,t work out where it,s taken from, i,ll do what Ernest has done.

Comment by: Roger on 20th June 2012 at 09:05

Hi magpie
Sandyforth was huge opencast between Windy Arbour and Downhall Green, they firm went bust and the council wanted to landfill it. But after a grant it was filled and landscaped, it now has good paths seats and brilliant views over town

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 20th June 2012 at 09:08

Also forgot to say that these photo`s are in the New Gallery.

Comment by: rebian on 20th June 2012 at 10:38

Go over this area every week with dog's it's beautiful, sometimes we park the car on Ashton Rd, but generally walk from Winstanley through the wood's then under motorway bridge, lovely walk.

Comment by: AP on 20th June 2012 at 11:02

I used to just love walking around that area, in the days before the M6 was built.

Comment by: dirty harry on 20th June 2012 at 12:17

i hope you got a photo release form from the person sat with there back to you. if it were me in thias photo i would insist you had one.

Comment by: Janet on 20th June 2012 at 13:26

Having grown up in Downall Green, I've walked all over that area more times than I could count, before the M6 and after......The last time I was over, that area was still a big mess, it's so good to see how great it is now.. Walking in the countryside is one of things I miss the most and views like that make me really homesick, but I love it ... Thanks Roger ..

Comment by: Gary on 20th June 2012 at 14:07

Change your name Dirty Harry. To...Thicko Harry.

Comment by: Whelley Wayne on 20th June 2012 at 17:19

The farmers made a fortune out of this and of course it was they who objected to the tip
They got the money and got the view...if this had been in Ince of course......friends of friends eh!

Comment by: Peter on 20th June 2012 at 18:44

You dont need anyones permission to post a photo
If it was taken in a public place its ok

Comment by: Geoff on 20th June 2012 at 20:27

Can anyone tell me the best way to access the area, any car parking etc.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 20th June 2012 at 22:10

Lovely spot to stop and think about things,Roger.

Comment by: Rosie Bower on 20th September 2012 at 09:49

so pleased for the outcome of sandyforth.. all of our hard work guys payed off! congrats to all!

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