road, about 100 yards east of the traffic lights in upper Adlington.
We are close to the Rivington and Anglezarke reservoirs, and there are many
pleasant walks in this parish and district, at the western edge of the West
Pennine Moors. The only problem is the Lancashire weather!
Coming from MANCHESTER direction: Leave the M61 at junction 6
(Reebok Stadium) taking the left-most filter lane and following the signs for
A6 Chorley i.e. right at the second roundabout as the short stretch of dual carriageway ends. Continue along the A6 which bypasses Blackrod village,
then descends into Adlington (first 30 mph signs). At the second mini-
roundabout turn right, go over the railway bridge and up Railway Road to the
traffic lights at the top. Turn right again, and the church is 100 metres
along on the left, after the Co-op. The presbytery is on the right, directly
opposite the Co-op car park.
Coming from LIVERPOOL OR BIRMINGHAM direction via M58 or M62 and
the M6 northbound.
Come off at Junction 27 for Standish, take the right exit, and after a short
stretch of dual carriageway turn left at the T-junction (A5209). When you
reach the traffic lights in the centre of Standish, get into the left hand lane in order to go straight ahead (slightly to the right, in fact) ACROSS the A49. DO
NOT FOLLOW THE A49 SIGN FOR CHORLEY. DO NOT TURN LEFT!
You should now be on the B5239 which passes St Wilfrid's C/E Church,
Standish, and runs down beneath the west coast main line railway bridge to a
mini-roundabout with the A5106 Wigan to Chorley road. Turn left, and drive
for about 3 miles through open country, enjoying the views of Winter Hill.
When you reach the traffic lights at the T-junction with the A6, turn right
for Bolton, and after 400 metres filter left on the A673 for Horwich and
Bolton. 1.5 km further you reach the traffic lights in upper Adlington.
Continue straight on, and the Church is 100 metres beyond on the left, after
Coming from PRESTON / EAST LANCASHIRE direction: Take the M61
southbound from either the M6 or the M55. Leave the motorway at Junction
8 (Chorley north), by the Mormon Temple spire. Take the right exit and go
left at the next two roundabouts, follow the A6 into Chorley and southwards
towards Manchester. You will now experience Chorley's rash of mini-
roundabouts: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine (we think the road planner kept leaving his coffee cup on the map). Keep straight on and you will eventually escape the gyratory giddiness. Shoot away down the A6, passing
the A5106 to Wigan, and at Heath Charnock filter left onto the A673, and
into upper Adlington. The church is 100 metres beyond the traffic lights on
Coming from BOLTON: follow either Chorley New Road or Chorley Old Road,
through Horwich and beyond on the A673. After you pass Rivington lower
reservoir, and go under the M61 bridge, the Church is about 1 km further on
your right, just after the Adlington sign, and before you reach the traffic
Coming from WIGAN: Standish side: either via A49 and A5106 (see under
Liverpool). Or from the east side of Wigan, take the B5238 towards Aspull
and Horwich. At the double roundabout in the centre of Aspull turn left
(Standish direction) along the B5239. 0.5 km after Haigh village, the main
road turns sharp left, but you turn right along a side road for Blackrod
In Blackrod village turn left at the T-junction, go down the hill and join the
A6. Lower Adlington is 1 km further. Turn right at the second mini-
roundabout, right at the lights, and the church is 100 metres further along
on the left.