Worthington Lakes lie within the Douglas Valley between Wigan to the south and Chorley to the north, with road access off the A5106. It is owned and managed by United Utilities.
The lakes, made up of three reservoirs built to supply Wigan with drinking water, are fed by the River Douglas which originates on the moors above Rivington.
The natural course of the river was diverted to create the reservoirs in the mid 1800’s and disappears into a tunnel for half a mile before reappearing to continue its journey to the Irish Sea. Today Worthington Lakes are part of a 50 acre country park, with a nature reserve and accessible footpaths.
Picnic area, car parking, and wheelchair friendly footpaths (some paths are suited for assisted wheelchair users).