Thursday 27th July

Top Lock, the start of the Wigan Flight

Lock 65 (1) of the Wigan Flight

Old branch of the canal at the Top Lock

Withington Lane at the side of the Top Lock

Looking down towards Wigan, a clearer view can be had in Winter

Lock 66 at the side of the Kirkless Hall pub

The Kirkless Hall pub on the canal bank

37 miles to Liverpool, 90¼ miles to Leeds

Cale Lane bridge (Bridge 57) built in 1816

The Commercial Inn at Cale Lane bridge

The Commercial Inn at Cale Lane bridge

Cale Lane bridge (Bridge 57) built in 1816

Lock 67 (3)

Lock 67 (3)

Lots of industry still exists on this stretch

Lock 68 (4)

Lock 68 (4)

Old railway bridge that once spanned the canal

Close look at old railway bridge

Lock 69 (5)

Lock 69 (5)

Kirkless Hall, built in 1666, 100yds from the canal

Kirkless Hall, built in 1666, 100yds from the canal

Kirkless Hall bridge (Bridge 56)

Lock 70 (6)

Lock 71 (7)

Barge on its way to Wigan

Pirates of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Lock 72 (8) at the Rabbit Rocks

Looking towards Wigan, view obscured by trees

Each small section is wide, to allow for traffic

Footpath to Haigh Hall, once a railway line

Lock 72 (8) at the Rabbit Rocks

Lock 73 (9)

Lock 74 (10)

Looking down towards Rose Bridge in Higher Ince

Lock 75 (11)

Lock 76 (12) was left open

My uncle and Thomas close lock gate

Lock 76 (12)

Lock 77 (13)

Getting closer to Rose Bridge

Peel Hall Bridge (Bridge 53A)

Buildings on Ince Hall Avenue

Modern Housing at Locks View, Ince

Lock 77 (13) at Rose Bridge

Rose Bridge, Higher Ince

A benchmark at Rose Bridge, Higher Ince

View towards Wigan from Rose Bridge

Under Rose Bridge

36 miles to Liverpool, 91¼ miles to Leeds

Lock 79 (15)

Part of Empress Industrial Estate, Ince

Lock 80 (16)

Old house that looked like it was being restored

Lock 80 (16)

Canal Terrace, Ince

Houses at the bottom of Forge Street

Looking up Forge Street towards Manchester Road

Lock 81 (17)

A view from the canal looking towards St Catharine's in Scholes

Lock 82 (18)

18 etched in Roman numerals

Lock 83 (19)

New housing close to St Pats

Lock 83 (19)

Lock 84 (20) at Britannia Bridge, Lower Ince

Britannia Bridge (Bridge 53)

Twiss' Bakery on Warrington Road (boarded up)

Looking towards Lower Ince from Britannia Bridge

Back on the canal at Britannia Bridge

Britannia Bridge, built October 22nd, 1816

Railway bridge

Looking back at railway bridge

Lock 85 (21) at another railway bridge

Lock 85 (21)

Underneath the railway bridge, evidence of widening

Pipe bridge at Westwood

Alliance & Leicester at Westwood

The Leigh branch of the canal

Heading towards Henhurst Bridge, more pipe bridges

Lock 86 at Henhurst Bridge (Bridge 52)

35 miles to Liverpool, 92¼ miles to Leeds

Old lock keepers cottage at Henhurst Bridge

Lock 86 at Henhurst Bridge (Bridge 52)

The new Henhurst Canal Bridge, Wigan, 2006

New offices close to Wigan Pier

New offices close to Wigan Pier

Wigan Investment Centre

Wigan dry dock

Wigan dry dock

Lock 87 at Wigan dry dock

Work in progress in Wigan dry dock

Close to Wigan Pier, at the side of Trencherfield Mill

At the side of Trencherfield Mill

Old buildings opposite Trencherfield Mill

Trencherfield Mill imposing Victorian property on the canal

Old buildings opposite Trencherfield Mill

Swan Meadow Industrial Estate in dire need of restoration

Almost there, The Orwell at the Pier beyond the bridge

Trencherfield Mill undergoing restoration

Old buildings close to Trencherfield Mill

Looking back towards the dry dock

Under Pottery Changeline Bridge (Bridge 51)

Trencherfield Mill undergoing restoration

No.1, Wigan Pier

Our destination, the famous Wigan Pier