s2vmx wrote: I'm unable to get over Parbold hill without my cycle becoming a 'push iron' .
Regularly rode over Parbold Hill on my way to Shevington County Secondary School in the 60's from Newburgh. Commuted to school by bike daily.
Last rode up it as late as 2008 towing a trailer having stayed with my sister-in-law in Leyland on my way to Wigan where I spent much of my childhood and was at primary school there. On a Grand Tour then over much of the county, and of all the places from my memory.
Parbold Hill is a toughie, as it gets steeper as you go up.
Starts off easily enough as you leave Parbold over the canal, then gets uphill as you pass Lancaster Lane and steeper too as you pass the parish church. There used to be a school just after the church, but that's gone now.
My father's mother and father are buried in Parbold parish church graveyard. Often used to place flowers on the grave.
Back in the old days, the hill was cobbled, and went higher up, but in the late 50s it was tarmacked, and then in the early 60s it was reprofiled to slacken off very the top part of the hill.
Warburtons used to run the cafe at the top and Carol Warburton was a girl in our class at Shevington ........... and by the late 60s and early 70s it became a restaurant called "The Wiggin Tree". Warburtons had long gone by then.
Me and Mrs Mick F had a meal there to celebrate our engagement!
Yes, Parbold Hill has many memories.
Mick F. Cornwall