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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 14th January, 2017)


Mick asked for a zoom-in... Not the same milestone as my earlier pic, though. This is the next towards Wigan, between Crooke and the Ell Meadow Lock.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Mick on 14th January 2017 at 00:09

This one Rev as not long ago been unearthed, its opposite greens carpets

Comment by: David on 14th January 2017 at 00:22

It's hollow! I thought those things were a solid block.

Comment by: Ellen on 14th January 2017 at 04:07

I wonder how long it took in the old days,to travel the 1271/4 miles between Liverpool and Leeds?

Comment by: broady on 14th January 2017 at 04:34

Totally inaccurate. I would be surprised if it is half that to Leeds.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 14th January 2017 at 10:03

Not quite true, Mick. It's always been there - see:
http://www.towpathtreks.co.uk/milepostdisplay.asp?ino=33, but the Leeds distance plate had gone. That was replaced during a project to restore, unearth or replace all the milestones as part of last year's bi-centenary celebrations.
I like to think that, twenty years ago, I sowed the seeds for that to come about - I organised a meeting in the Coaching Inn on Warrington Road, Ince with a view to setting up a Canal Society for the L&L. In attendance was Mike Clarke, the second edition of whose History of the L&L was published last year, and he became its first Chair. In recognition of his work, one of the replaced milestones was named after him.
The markers - cast iron, rather than stone, by the way - were only installed in 1894, and none were installed along the section from Wigan Top Lock to Johnson's Hillock, which was formerly the Lancaster Canal. That's a bit strange, because their installation was ordered by an Act of Parliament, so one would think every section would have had to have them.

Comment by: Garry on 14th January 2017 at 10:04

Of Course it's 94 plus miles to Leeds, remember, Canals are not straight, they snake all around the country.
In a car from Westwood about 55 miles give and take.

Comment by: pauline on 14th January 2017 at 10:50

Mileage shown on the marker indicates 127 1/4

Comment by: Mick on 14th January 2017 at 10:51

Broady its only measured at 5mph maximum.

Comment by: Jonno on 14th January 2017 at 11:06

I dont think too many will agree with that rash statement broady. The driving distance between the two is 65 miles, unfortunately the canal doesn't run alongside the M62.Firstly from Liverpool it almost reaches Southport before heading for Wigan, then north to the Blackburn area, then north to Skipton, which, is as far north as York, finally heading south east to Leeds, or t'other way around if you come from Yorkshire. I think the 127 plus mileage will be pretty accurate.

Comment by: maggie on 14th January 2017 at 11:15

We sailed from the beginning at Leeds but only managed to reach Burscough. It was a wonderful experience & I would recommend it to anyone.

Comment by: Legger on 14th January 2017 at 11:17

Canals were built following the contours of the land wherever possible. Roads, especially motorways don't have to be.

Comment by: Anne on 14th January 2017 at 12:11

The L&L canal is approximately seven miles longer than the Suez Canal. The Suez is almost straight north/south.

Comment by: Maurice on 14th January 2017 at 12:34

Canals would make detours to collect or unload,the L&L was not planned to touch Wigan,there is a very short spur at Parbold,which was the original route,but was changed to go through Wigan,maybe to pick coal up,or unload somethings.

Comment by: peebee on 14th January 2017 at 13:44

Maybe pick up pies. !!

Comment by: Mick on 14th January 2017 at 16:51

Yes Rev I know its always been there, what I meant was it was covered in muck and nettles so you couldnt see it.
I met Mike Clarke when they where Celebrating 200 years Canal Bicentenary.
You can see him on this video


Comment by: broady on 14th January 2017 at 20:19

My mistake. I didn't read that it was by canal. Just googled and it is 57 miles by road.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 14th January 2017 at 20:59

I cycled it for charity, believe me, it is 94 miles from Wigan :)

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 14th January 2017 at 23:08

Oh, sweet baby Jesus asleep in a manger, Promise me you'll buck up broady.

Comment by: david.b on 17th January 2017 at 17:23

There's a Milestone Societ which has a data base

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