Milepost on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Crooke and Gathurst.
Comment by Mick on 3rd January 2017 at 00:02
Could you not zoom in anymore Rev.
Comment by Derek Platt on 3rd January 2017 at 02:16
Good photo, however the milepost is a mile away
Comment by Ste on 3rd January 2017 at 07:18
Wish they sort the path out, it's hard work walking when your boots are thick with mud. :/
Comment by Garry on 3rd January 2017 at 07:36
It's best to walk when it's a dry day, enough said!
Comment by Rev David Long on 3rd January 2017 at 09:16
Actually, the towpaths around Wigan are generally not too bad for walkers - but the stretch under the trees is bad enough for a path to have been worn through the trees to stay out of the mud. Perhaps folk are nervous about walking along the stones at the canal edge.
Where there is mud, it is usually made worse by cyclists ploughing through..., Mick.
Comment by maggie. on 3rd January 2017 at 10:49
This stretch is one of the best to sail through on the entire system - at least those parts we know - quite a few. Thank for such a lovely photo Rev Long.
Comment by Mortarmillbill on 3rd January 2017 at 13:19
It is a pity that the block paving stops at Ell Meadow lock.
Comment by Mick on 3rd January 2017 at 15:54
I dont use it when its mucky so you cant blame me.
Comment by John on 3rd January 2017 at 16:11
This is a lovely countryside walk that most of us appreciate and wish to keep that way.
Why is it that their are those that will not be satisfied until all our green spaces are covered with block paving and concrete, I suppose that street lighting would also make it less inconvenient. A bit of mud is small price to pay.
Comment by Garry on 3rd January 2017 at 16:39
John you could always wear wellington boots and get a few blisters.
Comment by Rev David Long on 3rd January 2017 at 17:13
Sorry, Mortarmillbill - I preferred the towpaths when they were cinders or stone. I suppose they need constant attention to keep them up to standard - hence the concreting done under 'City Challenge' in the 1990s.
A big beef I had with the work done then was that they uprooted the cast iron boundary markers along the side of the towpath up the Wigan flight and didn't replace them as found - probably weighed in by the lads doing the job....
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