People from Westhoughton are called 'keaw yeds' (Lancashire dialect for cow heads). The story goes that hundreds of years ago a farmer (Westhoughton's known for a good few of them) saw that one of his cows had its head stuck in a gate. Instead of sawing the gate open, he chopped the cow's head off. There are many re-enactments which go on in Westhoughton that are worth seeing.
The local dialect is typical of that in areas of Lancashire. Elderly folks aside, visitors should have almost no problems when conversing with local residents. Only visitors who do not have English as a first language may struggle. Still, words such as "owt" (anything), "nowt" (nothing), "summat" (something), and "reeght" (right) are used in abundance and may be heard for the first time by nobn-natives. A healthy dose of Coronation Street should fine-tune your ears!
Westhoughton has two railway stations, Westhoughton and Daisy Hill. Westhoughton Station, to the north of the centre on Church Street, directly connects the town to Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Airport, Wigan Wallgate/Wigan North Western and Southport. Daisy Hill Station, to the south of the centre on Leigh Road, connects the town to Manchester Victoria, Wigan Wallgate/North Western, Kirkby (change for Liverpool Lime Street) and Southport.
Westhoughton is served by a high frequency bus route, line 540, connecting the town to Bolton Moor Lane and Wigan. Line 516/615 connects Westhoughton to Leigh, Middlebrook (Reebok Stadium) and Horwich.
Westhoughton town centre is one mile from Junction 5 of the M61 Motorway. The M61 connects with the M60, Manchester's outer ring road, and the M6 at Preston, Lancashire.
Lovely farms and scenery,Westhoughton is not very built up and populated,so most houses are either cottages of farmhouses.
There are a few restaurants in Westhoughton.
Westhoughtons most notable pub would be yes you guessed it the cows head.
- Hart Common
- White Lion
- The Robert Shaw (Weatherspoons)
- The Red Lion
- The Cross Guns
- White Horse
- Waggon and Horses
- Royal Oak
- Brinsop Arms
In Daisy Hill,
- Rosehill Tavern
- Grey Man
- The Daisy Hill
In Over Hulton
- Red Lion
- Hulton Arms
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