Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Started by: jo anne (34172) 

Great Canal Journeys - S13, Ep2

Wed 1st Sep, 9pm on More4 (Ch.18 on Freeview)

Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth travel along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Liverpool. They explore the two things that Wigan is most famous for - its pier and its pies - with Gyles going head to head with the world pie-eating champion. They also visit Scarisbrick Hall to tell the story of Houses of Parliament designer Augustus Pugin.

Started: 26th Aug 2021 at 22:28

Posted by: roylew (3608)

I’ve walked that complete section…really nice until you except for the last 12 miles…becomes obviously industrial….actually started my walk at gathurst so missed Wigan’s industrial part

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Posted by: dougie (4848) 

--Canal walks Here-- You'll never get anything better than Brian and his son's walks along the canal, try it out jump in the car do one of the walks on a nice day or just sit at home dreaming your doing the walk.

We walked this this week To Pennington Flash

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Posted by: Anne (4182) 

Wonder if the Oxley family who once owned Scarisbrick Hall school will be mentioned.The same family of Oxleys store in the old Station road.

Replied: 27th Aug 2021 at 19:35

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

We’ll find out soon, Anne, Great Canal Journeys is just starting on More4 (Ch18)

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Posted by: tomplum (9334) 

then the paths off the canal are many and you can spend a life time exploring them too
Toms bike rides round the flashes at Wigan

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

These free events sound brilliant!

• Light Night in Wigan
Fri 19th Nov - Sat 20th Nov

Explore the canal, towpath and locks along a trail of light installations between Wigan Pier and Chapel Lane bridge.

Book: Eventbrite

• Light Night in Leigh
Fri 19th Nov - Sun 28 Nov

Visit Pennington Flash to see a temporary art installation by Luke Jerram, whose previous works include ‘Museum of the Moon’ - a 7m wide replica of the moon suspended in the air.

Book (4-10pm): Eventbrite

More info:

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Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

Wear sturdy shoes or boots for the towpath near Wigan Pier as it is mostly cobbled.

Replied: 21st Oct 2021 at 13:36

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Yes, definitely, Mortarmillbill!

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Wigan Flight has been given a prestigious Green Flag Award!

This Friday, it’s 205 years since the Flight, and the entire length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, was officially opened.

The date 22 October 1816 is commemorated on Britannia Bridge.

Bridges and the 23 locks of the Flight are Grade II listed:

Replied: 21st Oct 2021 at 14:08

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Two recent videos by NarrowBoatWill which give a good insight into narrowboating:

Wigan Flight: Link

Leigh Branch: Link

More videos: NarrowBoat Will

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

A brill article in November’s edition of Local Life Wigan - Link (p.43):

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Fri 19th Nov, 6pm - 7pm Link

Exhibition Launch:
Existences by / on / in / around the Canal
By Ula Fung

Hope St, Wigan
Fri 11am - 3pm
Sat 10am - 4pm

A series of paintings relating to time spent at the canal between Leigh and Wigan. With the natural environments in mind, Ula opted to paint using natural / mineral pigments mixed with Japanese Nikawa glue, and will be at the launch if you’d like to ask her any questions.


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Posted by: tonker (25475) 

A piece of plasterers corner bead against a background of 1970's wallpaper?

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Granada News (18th Nov)

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Light Night will also see three canal boats, incl. historic short boat Ribble, process from Wigan to Leigh & back again, Fri 19th & Sat 20th Nov, 3pm - 7pm: Link

Pic credit: Joanna Embley

Replied: 18th Nov 2021 at 20:56

Posted by: tonker (25475) 

"The waterways of Wigan and Leigh " says the article.

However, Pennington Flash is neither a waterway, or of Wigan and Leigh.

Replied: 19th Nov 2021 at 00:04

Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

The glitterballs and light projectors are being put up along the towpath and 24 hour security are patrolling the area.

Replied: 19th Nov 2021 at 11:20

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Looks like it’ll be brilliant, MortarMillBill!

Free tickets going fast!

*Fri 19th & Sat 20th Nov: Link*

Replied: 19th Nov 2021 at 11:39

Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

I hope it stays dry Jo anne as the cobbles are lethal when wet.

Replied: 19th Nov 2021 at 12:40

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

There was a bit of drizzle yesterday when I went, but it was still busy and really enjoyable.

It seems to have been well-attended again tonight, despite the heavier rain at times.

I didn’t get any great pics, but there’ve been some fantastic shots cropping up on social media.

Replied: 20th Nov 2021 at 22:53

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

A short video filmed around November’s Light Night event.

From Wigan to Leigh and Back Again - Vimeo Link

Poem by Carla Mellor
Film by Northern Heart Films
Concept by Things That Go On Things

Replied: 17th Feb 2022 at 15:18

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Really looking forward to the new series, the first episode, on Mon 14th March, will feature
Wigan Flight as Robbie travels from Wigan to Burnley.

BBC Website

Replied: 2nd Mar 2022 at 18:51

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

It’s Canal Boat Diaries tonight - Mon - 7.30pm on BBC4 (Link)

Replied: 14th Mar 2022 at 10:05

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

If you missed last night’s Canal Boat Diaries, it’s available now on - BBC iPlayer

Robbie: “With 23 heavy locks over a few miles this is hard work!

Wonderful footage!

Replied: 15th Mar 2022 at 12:04

Posted by: TerryW (inactive)

It was a great watch, Jo Anne. Glad he got his water pump sorted as there was a few pots needed doing. I think I would have given his curry a miss though, the Indian guy in the store was a pleasant chap. Really enjoyed the show.

Replied: 15th Mar 2022 at 16:43

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

I didn’t fancy that curry either, TerryW.

Robbie first ascended Wigan Flight five years ago (Oct 2016) & made a vlog of the experience: Link

Robbie’s YouTube Channel

Replied: 16th Mar 2022 at 12:06

Posted by: TerryW (inactive)

Oh Jo Anne I thought he was doing so well to begin with, then I saw him put a full tin of tomatoes in, far to many for that amount of ingredients he had in the pan. Still he seemed to enjoy his curry bolognase.

Replied: 16th Mar 2022 at 12:51

Posted by: cindy (5946) 

From Top Lock Aspull isn't the canal the Lancaster Canal.

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Posted by: tonker (25475) 

The Leeds and Liverpool canal company leased the southern section of the Lancaster Canal, from Wheelton to Aspull, from the Lancaster Canal company, in order to join their two sections together and complete their canal.

Guess where the first steam-powered canal boat was invented, by John Smith, in 1793 !

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Posted by: sonlyme (3174)

The lancaster canal starts in preston and terminates the other side of lancaster.There is also the glasson arm going up and entering glasson dock.
ps. there is also the salwick arm which finishes at the river ribble.Narrow boats can cross here from the rufford arm of the leeds liverpool.

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Posted by: tonker (25475) 

There's also the Lancaster Canal 'southern section', built but not connected, which went from Walton Summit to Aspull.

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Posted by: sonlyme (3174)

so its not the lancaster canal then.
They could just as easily called it the grand union canal northern section
(not connected)

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Posted by: ena malcup (1454) 

The Lancaster Canal Tramroad, also known as the Walton Summit Tramway or the Old Tram Road, was a plateway, completed in 1803, to link the north and south ends of the Lancaster Canal across the Ribble valley. Intention was to reach the Bridgewater canal. That did not happen, and once incorporated into L&L, their Leigh branch provided access to Bridgewater. Also link to replace the tramway never got built.

Replied: 16th Mar 2022 at 19:15

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

New oak lock gates on their way up Wigan Flight today to replace Lock 73’s metal tail gates, near to Rabbit Rocks.

Each wooden gate weighs in at 4.3 tons!

One of the two metal bottom gates before they were recently removed.

Lock No. 73 (IX)

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Posted by: ena malcup (1454) 

Have the metal gates deteriorated, or where they just doing a Hyacinth Bucket?

Don't rub against my hardwood doors!

Replied: 21st Mar 2022 at 18:40

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

The metal gates were definitely in need of refurbishment, Ena M, and I think CRT decided to replace them with oak as part of their heritage programme.

After unforeseen delays, the Flight should reopen for navigation later today.

As well as boats, there’s a new mural to look out for on the canalside wall of the former Commercial Inn
- nr Cale Lane Bridge No 57 (

Replied: 20th Apr 2022 at 10:57

Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

I think the mural will become a tourist attraction when the scaffolding is removed.

Top marks to the artist.

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Posted by: tonker (25475) 

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

I knew that’d be Hilda Ogden’s ‘Muriel’, Tonker. I can’t say if ducks feature on the Flight’s mural, but there’s usually plenty on the canal.

MortarMillBill, I think you’re right, people will flock to see it.

A fab article - Wigan Today (21st Apr)

Artist Robert Tedaldi

Replied: 22nd Apr 2022 at 09:52

Posted by: tonker (25475) 

Personally, I think it'll just look tacky.

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Posted by: ena malcup (1454) 

I hope it is an improvement on that awful Neanderthal-looking head that Wigan saddled itself with in the name of art!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2022 at 18:21

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Tacky, Tonker!

I suppose it could have been, but from what I’ve seen everyone has seemed genuinely appreciative of the mural - it’s been beautifully done.

An anti-vandal coating is now being applied then the scaffolding comes off next week.

Ena M, I like Rick Kirby’s The Face of Wigan as well!

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Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

The scaffolding is now down. The mural would be a good subject for photo-a-day.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 10:59

Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

David’s photo of the finished mural made for a great Photo-a-Day: 16th May, 2022

Narrowboat Life Unlocked - Vlogs

108. Wigan flight takes us by surprise! Nowt better than this day on a Narrowboat!

Link: YouTube

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Posted by: jo anne (34172) 

Join us clearing Himalayan Balsam in Crooke on Tuesday 21st June. Please wear long sleeves, long trousers and stout boots. Help us make life better by water in your area.

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