|Starting our canal walk from Chorley to Wigan|
I call this the 'walk of walks' with it being the final one for 2016 and the fact we are getting nearer to Liverpool and further away from Leeds.
|Privileged to have glorious weather at the beginning of our walk|
|Top Lock of the Wigan Flight (21 locks over 2 miles)|
We planned to stop at The Crown pub near Wigan at Bridge 69 but it was closed. Maybe the pub only opened at lunch time and evenings. We walked on a little further to reach the top lock of Wigan Flight (of 21 locks over 2 miles). A short walk was the Kirkless Hall pub - we popped in for well deserved refreshments and comfort stop.
|Comfort stop at Kirkless Hall Pub, Wigan|
Knowing it will get dark sooner than later we didn't stay too long at the pub and descended down the flight though I was saddened to see the amount of litter on the canal pounds between the locks. This spoilt the experience a bit for me and I wish more pride is taken in preserving this magnificent feat of engineering.
It took a good hour or so to reach Lock No. 86 and we decided to finish at Henhurst Bridge. We walked into the town centre for our train home and got a train for home straight away. Our journey home was eventful; two young women doing handstands on the seats and singing loudly...probably already in a party mood for their night out and a young lad fare dodging and was eventually escorted off the train at Stalybridge Station. Then there was only a short wait in Huddersfield for our Leeds bound train.
|Just another 35 miles to go!|