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City of Liverpool

 

Dock Link

 

Stanley Dock Branch

 

Liverpool
0-3 miles

 

Bootle to Melling
3-12 miles

 

Maghull to Burscough
12- 24 miles

 

Rufford Branch

 

Burscough to Wigan
24 - 34 miles

 

Wigan
34 - 37 miles

 

Leigh Branch

 

Former Lancaster Canal South
37-47miles

 

Johnson's Hillock to Cherry Tree
47 - 54 miles

 

Blackburn
54-59 miles


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 The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Wigan

Wigan is famous for its pies and its pier.  Wigan's coalfields were a key location on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

City of Leeds

 

Leeds
127.25 miles

 

Shipley to Leeds
115 -125 miles

 

Stockbridge to Shipley
109 -115 miles

 

Skipton to Stockbidge
99 - 109 miles

 

Gargrave to Skipton
93 -99 miles

 

Greenberfield to Gargrave
87 - 93 miles

 

Foulridge to Greenberfield
82-87 miles

 

Burnley Lane to Foulridge Tunnel
75 -82 miles

 

Burnley
71-75 miles

 

Rishton, Church and Hapton
59 - 71 miles







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Leeds Liverpool Canal Burscough      
Seven Stars Bridge  #50 Seven Stars Bridge #50
Mile Post
 LEEDS 93¼ MILES
 LPool 34 MILES
Seven Stars Bridge #50 Seven Stars Bridge #50 34 ½ Miles to Liverpool
Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier is one of the most famous places along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The name is said to have come from George Formby Snr the music hall star. It was later popularised by George Orwell's book The Road to Wigan Pier. Orwell spent time in Wigan in the 1930's the canal however only gets a brief unflattering mention. The pier itself was either an over head tramway for carrying coal which looked similar to Southport Pier, or the staithe for loading coal on to the barges on the canal. In the 1980s the area was regenerated and branded as Wigan Pier. There was a museum and a shop here and in 1983 there was an IWA boat rally here to celebrate its rebirth. Before the canal was completed (merging with the Southern Section of the Lancaster Canal) this was the terminus of the canal between Liverpool and Wigan. One of the original warehouses can still be seen today.
Wigan Pier Wigan Pier Crane Cogs Wigan Warehouse
Wigan Pier Wigan Pier Crane Cogs Wigan warehouse
Wigan Pier Wigan Pier Wigan Pier Wigan Pier
Under the covered loading bay Wigan Pier The Way We Were
(closed)
Wigan Warehouses
The Orwell The Orwell, Wigan The Orwell
Wigan Pier The Orwell The Orwell
Pub Guide
Warehouse
Braile Map Terminus Warehosue
Warehouse Bargee Braile map Terminus Warehouses
Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Pottery Changeline Bridge #51
Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Pottery Changeline Bridge #51 Bridge Roller on Bridge #51
Trencherfield Mill Trencherfield Mill Ambush  
Trencherfield  Mill Trencherfield Mill Ambush and Viktoria  
The Wigan Lock Flight
Between Wigan Pier and the former Lancaster Canal there are 23 locks. Altogether they lift the canal up 214 feet 7 inches over about two and a half miles. This is the steepest part of the canal. Most signs of the heavy industry and coal mining that were found here have now gone.
Bottom Lock #87 Dry Dock    
Bottom Lock #87 Dry Dock    
Lock #86 Lock #86
Henhurst Bridge #52 Henhurst Lock #86 Lock #86 Lock #86
Leeds Liverpool Canal Milepost Signpost Leigh Branch <Leigh Branch Link>
Mile Post
 LEEDS 92¼ MILES
 LPool 35 MILES
Leigh Branch Signpost Leigh Branch  
 
  Wigan Junction Weathered Brick Cable Bridge
Lock #85 Railway Bridge Britannia Bridge #53 Lock #83
Lock #85 Railway Bridge  Britannia Bridge #53A and Lock #84 Lock #83
Lock #83 Lock #82 Canal Terrace Lock #82
Lock #83 Lock #82 Canal Terrace Lock #82
Lock #79 Leeds Liverpool Canal Milepost Lock #77 Lock #77
Lock #79 Mile Post
 Leeds 91¼ Miles
 LPool 36 Miles
Lock #77

Peel Hall Bridge #55
Lock #77

Lock Winch Lock #76 Lock #76 Rusty Chain
Lock Winch Lock #76 Lock #76 Rusty Chain
Lock #74 Rusty Chain Lock #23 Lock #73
Lock #74 Rusty Chain Lock #73 Lock #73
Lock #72 Leaky Gates Lock #70 Wigan Flight
Lock 72   Lock 70  
"I remember a winter afternoon in the dreadful environs of Wigan. All round was the lunar landscape of slag-heaps, and to the north, through the passes, as it were, between the mountains of slag, you could see the factory chimneys sending out their plumes of smoke. The canal path was a mixture of cinders and frozen mud, criss-crossed by the imprints of innumerable clogs, and all round, as far as the slag-heaps in the distance, stretched the ‘flashes’ — pools of stagnant water that had seeped into the hollows caused by the subsidence of ancient pits. It was horribly cold. The ‘flashes’ were covered with ice the colour of raw umber, the bargemen were muffled to the eyes in sacks, the lock gates wore beards of ice. It seemed a world from which vegetation had been banished; nothing existed except smoke, shale, ice, mud, ashes, and foul water."

George Orwell The Road to Wigan Pier

Wigan Flight Leaking Lock Kirkless Hall Bridge #56 Lock #69
Down the Flight Leaky Gates Kirkless Hall Bridge #56
 with Lock 69 behind
Lock #69
Lock #69 Lock #68 Lock #68 Lock #68
Lock #69 Lock #68 Lock #68 Lock #68
Lock #67 Lock #67 Lock #67 Lock #67
Lock #67 Lock #67 Cale Lane Bridge #57 from Lock #67 with the Commercial Inn Commercial Inn
Dusk at the Locks Dusk at the Wigan Flight Lock #66 Leeds Liverpool Canal Milepost
Dusk at the Locks Dusk at the Locks Lock #66

Mile Post
 Leeds 90¼ Miles
 LPool 37 Miles

Kirklees Hall Inn Withington Lane Bridge #58 Wigan Top Lock Industrial Relic
Kirklees Hall Inn Withington Lane Bridge #58 Top Lock #65 Either part of the old Albion Iron Works or part of an old mine shaft.
Leeds Liverpool Canal  Lancaster Canal
 
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