Osk. I do this walk on regular basis with my little dog,in all weathers.It's one of the best stretch's of canal around Wigan.Really enjoyed your blog.
karen Lucky sod! I was at work whilst you were out enjoying youself.a colleauge of mine now lives in the lockeepers cottage!
Margaret gregory Really enjoyed your walk - will do it myself !!
M. Grundy Great pictures Jim.
Jim Looking towards Gathurst - my direction.
Jim A young mother feeds the ducks with her young child.
Jim Canalside pub, The Waters Edge.
Jim Narrowboats moored at Appley Bridge.
Jim Newly harrowed fields.
Jim Looking back.
Jim A lovely spring afternoon brings people out to enjoy it after a long cold winter.
Jim A farm swing bridge allows a farmer to access fields on both sides of the canal.
Jim Looking back.
Jim Canal locks allow narrowboats to rise or fall to the correct water level on each side.
Jim a women boater has walked ahead of their boat and stars to open the gates to allow the boat to sail in.
Jim Here he comes.
Jim .. and he is flying the red dragon flag of Wales.
Jim Approaching the lock.
Jim I caught the bus to Appley Bridge a 15 minute ride.
Jim At Appley Bridge this couple enjoyed the ride - and doggy came too.
Jim Canal from the road bridge.
Jim The other side leads to Parbold and eventually the port of Liverpool.
Jim Now it's ducks, ducks, ducks.
Jim You think they are asleep but both have one eye open.
Jim This narrowboat has a wood burning stove - I last saw it in Autumn with blue smohe rising from its chimney near Gathurst.
Jim Fetch that stick.
Jim Side by side with the canal is the River Douglas that flows through the centre of Wigan.
Jim The river was made into a canal over 200 years ago, but the new canal made it obsolete..
Jim The Douglas.
Jim A footbridge.
Jim A novel mode of pedal driven transport.
Jim The overflow from the canal flows down the "Bywash" into the river.
Jim The M6 motorway viaduct looms into view.
Jim Trucks thunder above the 200 years old lock keeper's cottage.
Jim A boater opens the lock gates while the little dog watches intentley for his master's boat to arrive.
Jim Southport - Manchester rail bridge.
Jim Notches in the masonry useed for lifting them into place 160 odd years ago.
Jim Gathurst Bridge. From here you can walk along the canal into the very town centre of Wigan.
Jim At the bus stop - time to catch the bus home - hope you enjoyed the walk too.
Jim My photos were taken this week 28/04/13, I caught a bus from my home in the western outskirts of Wigan to the village of Appley Bridge on the Leeds Liverpool Canal cut in around 1800. I walked for an hour to the village of Gathurst 5 miles from Wigan taking pictures all the way and then caught a bus home.