February 14, 2007 at 19:21 #329
I’ve booked my train ticket to visit Haydock on Saturday and wondered if anybody on here could advise how i get there from Newton-le-Willows station. I understand its about 3 miles away so is there a bus service or taxi rank or is it a healthy walk in order ?
Any advice much appreciated.February 14, 2007 at 20:18 #29120Mr FriskParticipant
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Walk down from the station to the main road and there is a bus stop to your right. Buses from there every 10 minutes.February 14, 2007 at 20:19 #29121
Thanks Mr Frisk – are you local to there ? Will you be going ?February 14, 2007 at 21:10 #29122
When you walk out of the station there is a pub off to your left on the main road. Never had a problem getting a taxi there (about Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£5 last time I got one). Don’t go via Warrington Bank Quay like I did last time – Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£20 for the taxi to the course! :o
If you are wanting a few sherberts after racing I suggest walking out of the main entrance, heading down the racecourse’s private road onto the main road and turn right. There is a pub about 2 mins down the road that racegoers head into for your first stop. Then carry on for 5 mins down same road and you’ll end up in the town of Ashton-In-Makerfield. Some decent pubs there and a good racing crowd in the boozers there when I went in December.February 14, 2007 at 22:13 #29123PAULCSMember
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<br>When you walk out of Newton-Le-Willows Station there is no signs at all to tell you where the bus is making thngs very difficult for first-timers as I found when Kingscliff won the Betfair. A group of us ended up paying a minibus driver who was parked up close to the station to get us there in time for the first!
poor arrangement for a Grade 1 track when you look at how organised things are at York and other places.February 14, 2007 at 23:33 #29124Mr FriskParticipant
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I’m probably closer to Paris than Newton-le-Willows, horsestats, but very much enjoy going to Haydock on the rare occasions I’m there. Hope you have a successful afternoon…February 15, 2007 at 09:07 #29125
sounds like it could be interesting….
Thanks for your comments guyz
PS I was there (Cheltenham) the day Pegwell Bay won the Mackeson – hope that doesn’t make me too old !February 15, 2007 at 09:12 #29126yeatsParticipant
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Although most get a taxi I’ve always walked, it’s quite pleasant apart from negotiating the East Lancs road.<br>Have a good day.February 15, 2007 at 11:18 #29127doyleyParticipant
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Getting there…as suggested you should use a taxi, go in one of the boozers and ring one and BOOK it !!, then settle down for pre-race refreshment. :)
Getting back to the Station can be a problem. If you can negotiate with the incoming taxi to meet you somewhere convenient, all well and good.
If not, go out by main gate, turn left and walk!<br>or turn right heading towards Ashton in Makerfield.<br>Within 8 minutes or so you will be upon a pub. Go in there, have a couple of beers until the course clears and then phone cab ;)
doyleyFebruary 15, 2007 at 22:04 #29128Irish StampMember
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50p on the bus fellas from Newton station to the track, also applicable from St. Helens Central station.
Newton station is an absolute bugger though, there’s two or so possible exits and the bus stops are miles apart (not used it on race day mind), fact most of the bus stops in the area are in Newton centre itself near the Dragon and Phoenix restaurant and Pied Bull pub.
The pub referred to above (right as you come out of the racecourse) is called the Bay Horse, did some lovely meals a few years back but not been in for a while – nice, pleasent place mind.
Enjoy the racing this weekend and watch out for any Trevor Hemmings runners (particularly in the Bumper)February 15, 2007 at 22:38 #29129
If this is your first vist to the course I would advise paying the extra for the club enclosure rather than tatts (heathen central).
Have a good day!February 16, 2007 at 10:19 #29130
THANKS AGAIN ALL. This proves once again how helpful useful and friendly this forum is for this type of request. Forgive my ignorance Pegwell but whats heathen central mean ? Crowded presumably or chaotic….? I guess a Sat crowd at Haydock with Liverpool & Everton out of cup could be chocker !February 16, 2007 at 11:02 #29131
heathen = uncivilised, uncouth, uncultured, rowdy. (Similar to the Betfair forum) :biggrin:
Actually, Haydock is not quite so bad during the NH season, but avoid like the plague during the flat season (when all the North West’s football hooligans amalgamate in tatts too). :oFebruary 16, 2007 at 11:07 #29132ToneLocMember
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Haydock is the course I have frequented the most for some reason even though it’s not a particular favourite of mine.
I’d get the train to Newton-le-Willows too, leave via the main exit and walk down the hill passing the Leigh Arms to your left. There is a bus stop directly opposite you, the racecourse shuttle does stop here, you shouldn’t have to wait long (can I be anymore specific :biggrin: )
I recommend you walk into the town though, the Pied Bull is a decent pub, food’s alright too, so worth slipping in there and then catching the bus at the stop over the road. (Incidentally, opposite the pub is a tanning salon called Newtan-le-Willows, which let’s be honest is a cracking name.)
Once at the course would definitely recommend Club. Haydock has gone out of it’s way to attract ‘coach trip parties’, especially during evening fixtures, and Tatts is made up of insalubrious types.
Facilites around the course are good, easy access to parade ring, betting ring and the viewing in general is pretty good.
The Bay Horse that has been mentioned is usually not open around race times, i.e. 1 hour before first race until 2 hours after the last race. This is because a few years ago they had problems with inebriated racegoers making a nuisance of themselves and wrecking the place.
The pub is still open to residents (it’s a b&b too) and people the owners know. If you phone them and ask to be allowed in they will let you in round the back!!
Haven’t been for over a year though so maybe this has changed.
If you’re going out afterwards, get on a train to Liverpool or Manchester, Newton isn’t great.
(Edited by ToneLoc at 11:09 am on Feb. 16, 2007)February 16, 2007 at 15:24 #29133jonny33Member
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i agree with pegwell bay haydock tatts is fine all through the nh season, however the catering is very poor i would advise you to eat before entering.<br>as for the flat season all of the racecourses are full of brain dead football holigan thugs who think its a great day out to get on a bus, get as drunk as possible, go racing and wonder what the **** is going on around them therefore ruining it for the genuine racing fan.<br>
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