One of Chorley's main shopping streets.

Chorley is a town in Lancashire, England located in the West Pennine Moors.


10 miles north-west of Bolton, 12 miles south-west of Blackburn and 6 miles north of Wigan. Preston is 10 miles north of Chorley, and Manchester is 30 miles south-east of Chorley.

Chorley describes itself as "Lancashire's Market Town". The markets take place most days, and continue to attract shoppers from around the local area. Chorley Borough, surrounding the town, includes many charming rural villages, and contrasting types of countryside. To the east of the town, the terrain rises up into the West Pennine Moors. Relatively low altitude, but still a remote landscape. The terrain to the west of the town could not be more different, with the flat, fertile West Lancashire Mosslands stretching away to the coast at Southport

Get in

By train

Chorley is blessed with direct train links with Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

By car

Chorley lies close to the junction of the M6, M61 and M65 Motorways. The closest link to the Motorway network is Junction 8 of the M61. The A6 and A49 roads both pass through the borough.

By plane

Direct Trains from Manchester Airport in around 50 minutes.

Get around


Winter Hill

This is the highest point of The West Pennine Moors and is situated in the borough of Chorley (just - it's actually closer to Horwich and Bolton). It stands at 1,496 feet high. Probably the most notable figure of Winter Hill is the television mast which can be viewed from miles around.

The Hill is a local attraction and there have been many tales told about Winter Hill including:

Two Lads - The Tale of 2 Lads goes as on one dark and gloomy night 2 lads were walking over Winter Hill and was never seen again,no one knows what happened.

Scotsmans Stump - Another Tale of Winter Hill is one about a Scotsman called George Henderston who was walking over Winter Hill in 1838 and was murdered,there now stands a stump and monument which is called Scotsmans stump.

In 1958, a plane crashed into the Television Masts and killed passengers.

Because it is the highest part of The West Pennine Moors,views are stunning there are views of different areas Blackpool Tower and The Big One,The Lake District and it is said even Wales.





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