Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Started by: jo anne (33953) 

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 (3428)

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

Replied: 26th Aug 2021 at 22:34

Posted by: dougie (4730) 

--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 (4071) 

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 (33953) 

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

Replied: 1st Sep 2021 at 21:01

Posted by: tomplum (8293) 

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

Replied: 1st Sep 2021 at 22:45
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Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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:

Replied: 21st Oct 2021 at 13:22

Posted by: mortarmillbill (745)

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 (33953) 

Yes, definitely, Mortarmillbill!

Replied: 21st Oct 2021 at 13:54

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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 (33953) 

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

Wigan Flight: Link

Leigh Branch: Link

More videos: NarrowBoat Will

Replied: 26th Oct 2021 at 20:32

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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

Replied: 31st Oct 2021 at 00:04

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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.


Replied: 9th Nov 2021 at 20:11
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Posted by: tonker (24613) 

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

Replied: 9th Nov 2021 at 21:07

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Granada News (18th Nov)

Replied: 18th Nov 2021 at 20:44

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

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 (24613) 

"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 (745)

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 (33953) 

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 (745)

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 (33953) 

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


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