Monday 1st May

Starting point of walk

The beginning of the Leigh Branch

Looking up the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towards Ince

A foot bridge and a pipe bridge

New Westwood Road bridge

Canal wildlife

Poolstock Lane and Waterview Chinese Restaurant

Parallel to Poolstock Lane, evidence of an old lock?

Lock No.1 (of 2), Poolstock

Lock No.1 (of 2), Poolstock

St James and St Thomas C.E. Church, Poolstock

Looking back at Lock No.1 (of 2), Poolstock

A pipe bridge crosses the canal between locks 1 and 2

Lock No.2 (of 2), Poolstock

Lock No.2 (of 2), Poolstock

Gates of lock 2

A barge leaves lock 2 and heads towards Leigh

Lock No.2 filling up, it's a busy day!

Another barge enters lock 2

Pearson's Flash at the side of the canal

Scotman's Flash

Canoeists on Scotman's Flash

Scotman's Flash

Pearson's Flash

Canadian Geese and their young

Moss Bridge, just past Wigan flashes

Looking back towards Wigan from Moss Bridge

Moss Bridge

Wrong way, should have crossed Moss Bridge!

Still going the wrong way!

A railway bridge (Bridge 2A) crosses the canal

Under the railway bridge, old section removed

Heading towards Ince Moss

Ince Moss

Curious swans at Ince Moss

West Coast main line railway bridge at Bamfurlong

West Coast main line railway bridge at Bamfurlong

Approaching Bamfurlong Road bridge at Platt Bridge

Abram St John C.E.

Kids on a barge going under Bamfurlong Road bridge

Approaching Dover Lock, Abram

Barge moored at Abram

The Dover Lock Inn, Abram

Time for a drink at the Dover Lock Inn!

Leaving the Dover Lock Inn

Canal path made from coal waste, just past Dover Lock

Canal path made from coal waste, just past Dover Lock

Huge pond, the canal is quite high here

Yeesss!! A very nice lady gave us a map!

Approaching Smith's Bridge

Friendly ducks

Smith's Bridge, we climbed over this because of a turkey!

The towpath narrows to single file

A swing bridge (scrap)

An old railway bridge

Gerrard's Bridge

A rare site in the borough of Wigan, a slag heap

Approaching Plank Lane lift bridge

Plank Lane lift bridge

Plank Lane lift bridge

Plank Lane lift bridge

Derelict buildings at Plank Lane lift bridge

Derelict Britannia Hotel at Plank Lane lift bridge

Boats at Plank Lane

Just past Plank Lane, the canal is very wide

High up again, walking on coal

Pennington Flash Country Park

Pennington Flash Country Park

Pennington Flash Country Park

Green's bridge (Bridge 9)

Green's bridge (Bridge 9)

Elevated and supported by coal waste

Canal narrows - possible old lock?

Canal widens again

Sign of life, Leigh!

Approaching Leigh

A stream/river passes under this bridge

A stream/river passes under the canal

Springfield foot bridge, Leigh, with the A579 Atherleigh Way behind

The A579 Atherleigh Way bridge

Waterview Park apartments

Lilford Street and Diamond Street, Leigh

Industrial buildings on the canal at Leigh

Lilford Street, Leigh, from the canal

Industrial buildings on the canal at Leigh

Doomed! The Kingfisher at the Waterside Inn, Leigh

More trendy apartments (flats) on the canal

Doomed! The Kingfisher at the Waterside Inn, Leigh

The Waterside Inn, built in 1894

The Waterside Inn, built in 1894

Extension to the Waterside Inn, built in 1894

King Street bridge, the end of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Bridge Inn divides the two canals

The Bridgewater Canal

Looking back, welcome to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Bridgewater Canal from King Street bridge