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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 8th May, 2024)

Whelley Loop Line

Whelley Loop Line
Can anyone explain what this means?

Photo: John (Westhoughton)   (iPhone)
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Comment by: Joanne on 8th May 2024 at 00:18

Hello John, I think the stone has an arrow on top as it’s a directional marker along the ‘Wigan Way’ - an 8 mile circular route starting from Wigan Pier to Haigh Hall and back to Wigan.

Comment by: Joanne on 8th May 2024 at 00:32

As part of the Big Wigan Walk Week (25th May - 2nd June 2024), Be Well are leading a group walk along the ‘Wigan Way’ on Sunday 2nd June. More details: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/BeWell/Activities-sports/Walk.aspx#WalkingTimetable

Comment by: T. D. on 8th May 2024 at 08:53

Coccium Stone of Destiny.

Comment by: Johnny on 8th May 2024 at 08:55

The foot is twisting to the right indicating the way to go.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 8th May 2024 at 09:02

John, could this mean Big Foot Wuz Here?

Comment by: Jembo on 8th May 2024 at 09:45

Someone's put their foot in it there [:)]

Comment by: Veronica on 8th May 2024 at 14:33

I’d go round the bend if I had a foot like that…mines bad enough.
You do get around John..

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 8th May 2024 at 15:34

Joanne, the walk you have described sounds wonderful.
I have done a few canal walks in the past and you see some amazing things, particularly if you can remember how it used to be in the 1950's and 60's.
I would love to be able to join you on this day of what I would consider to be a walk of transformation and revelation but these days after a few hundred yards I need to sit down and give my back a rest. 8 miles is like a third of a marathon!
If John could bring his bike with a trailer on the back (you know one of those things you sometimes see a baby in) and take me along that would be great.
But who knows my wife can be very persuasive. We will keep checking it out.

Comment by: Coireall on 8th May 2024 at 16:12

Those concrete blocks could have been erected so that male cyclists with a gammy leg could mount their bikes, and not having to cock their gammy leg over the rear wheel.

Any family named Wigan have a great grandad named Frederick:

Comment by: Green Fingers on 8th May 2024 at 17:20

Is that a cucumber I see in the background?

Comment by: Sir Bob on 8th May 2024 at 18:42

On the canal towpath near the Haigh Hall bridge.


Comment by: T. D. on 8th May 2024 at 19:29

Joanne you are correct.
Located on the Whelley loop line at the entrance to the plantations. There is indeed an arrow on top of the directional marker, and the words 'Wigan Way'. Thanks for the information about the walk.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 8th May 2024 at 19:31

Joanne that walk sounds good I’m hoping to do the Manchester to Blackpool ride for a hospital that took care of my friends grandson I think it’s the second Sunday in July,we’ve been riding today to the lighthouse on the canal at Monton.Colin you took the words right out of my mouth (big foot)Dennis Steven emailed me at weekend about Harvey’s your PAD in September 2013.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 8th May 2024 at 19:52

Colin if you take a look at the MK 2 Mission Piggyback bike trailer do you think you could sit on and hold on as I could tow no problem as I’m after one and could modify with bigger wheels and tyres be good for a less able person obviously taking the harness off.

Comment by: Dek on 8th May 2024 at 22:55

Colin, a marathon is 26 1/4 miles (ish). Which school did you go to?

Comment by: Ant on 9th May 2024 at 08:57

Aren't you the clever one Dek. 8 miles is not far off a third (ISH)

Comment by: Cyril on 9th May 2024 at 17:59

Ant both yourself and Colin are more a less correct.
The pedantic nitpickers (there are three of them, or just the one using pseudonyms) are always around, wearing a hoodie and lurking in the dark recesses just waiting to pounce and contradict, just because they want to contradict on what someone has posted.

According to this website - https://www.verywellfit.com/how-far-is-a-marathon-2911427 - a marathon is 26.2 miles.

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