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. Off-peak return tickets to/from Westhoughton/Daisy Hill are far cheaper by rail than by even the cheapest day saver bus tickets. Manchester can only be reached by train and is remarkably cheap especially after 6.30pm when ticket prices are halved.
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. Bus fares (especially single tickets) are incredibly expensive (over two pounds for just three stops). The train (above) offers a much cheaper option at off peak times, especially after 6.30pm. The 540 bus to Wigan (above) takes almost an hour (the train takes around 12 minutes) at almost a pound more for the bus.
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.
Manchester International Airport (IATA: MAN)is easily reached by car or directly by train.
People from Westhoughton are called keaw yeds (Lancashire dialect for cow heads),story goes hundreds of years ago a farmer(westhoughtons 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 cows head off.There are many reinactments which go on in Westhoughton worth seeing.
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.
In Daisy Hill,
In Over Hulton
Greater Manchester Police can be contacted on 0161 872 5050 (none-emergencies) or 999 in emergency cases. 999 is also the emergency number for both Greater Manchester Fire Service and Ambulance Service.