Chris n Norman Only just seen this, Jim. Been busy gallivanting:-)
This is another lovely trip. Many thanks.
Jim Through Porter's Wood.
Geo Really loved this, Jim. Thanks for your many interesting slideshows. Geoff.
Eth Super realy enjoyed that will pass it on to my friend in Shefield They love anything about Wigan
Jim - Its exterior was also used as the location in the TV series Clocking Off. I hope you enjoyed your walk and visit to the famous Wigan Pier.
Jim Gearge Formby's father also a comedian made the pier famous around the world by his references to it in his act.
Jim A walk from home through wood and meadow...
Jim .. to the towpath of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Gathurst near Wigan.
Jim .. now to follow the towpath five miles into the heart of Wigan.
Jim ..the path is peaceful and the views rewarding.
Jim Approaching the village of Crooke - once a mining community.
Jim .. here at Crooke is a marina for narrowboats and other canal craft.
Jim Nearer Wigan on the canal we come across a duck house - and you thought only MPs had duck houses - according to the recent MPs expenses scandal.
Jim At Martland Mill in a canalside meadow, a mare suckles her foal.
Jim .. and a little further on we come across Canada geese with their young.
Jim Swans and Canada geese are fed by locals.
Jim The rear of Wigan's DW Stadium by the canal - home ground of the Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors Rugby League teams.
Jim Nearby a narrowboat passes through a canal lock.
Jim Urban tags, signs we are nearing the built up area of Wigan.
Jim Our first sight of the Wigan Pier area - the tower of Trencherfield Mill comes in to view.
Jim Coming up to the actual Wigan Pier on the right.
Jim THe Wigan Pier tippler rail track - on this coal wagons were tipped into barges on the canal.
Jim Information board and canal worker figure.
Jim A narrowboat enters the Wigan Pier basin from the Leigh arm of the canal.
Jim ...the owners head out to the country in the direction we have come, - and they can go all the way into the heart of Liverpool docks if they wished.
Jim A final look at Trencherfield Mill by the pier, built in 1907 for the production of cotton...
Jim The objective, Wigan Pier.