Up the Staircase from Wigan: Walking to Leeds, Section 5
Several weekends on from our last walk, here’s the next instalment of what we intend to be a complete walk of the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Beginning where we intend today’s walking to finish.
We’ve moved well beyond Liverpool’s local transport now, so we’ve driven to where we will finish and from now on will use the local transport of wherever we are to get back to the day’s startpoint for the remaining stages of our canal walk.
So we walk across town to Chorley’s splendid bus station.
Soon after we’ve started we pass another of the canal’s branches, this one to Leigh. This branch runs for seven miles, from this junction with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal main line here at Wigan, to Leigh, where it joins the Stretford and Leigh Branch of the Bridgewater Canal.
We probably will walk these branches one day, but first we’ll walk the main line.
Having passed through very few locks on our journey so far across the Lancashire Plain we now begin some serious locks activity as the canal begins its rise into the Pennines. The Wigan Staircase being a sequence of 21 locks. It’s a stretch but we’re glad to be walking it rather than in a boat.
The remains of an ancient argument with a railway company.
We walk in quiet peace, loving every inch of this. Neither of us much caring whether we ever get to Leeds or not. These are precious days walking along this beautiful canal together.
Where we decide to end our walk for today. We could push on to Chorley, where we’d planned to finish. But you know what? It’s our walk in our own time and we’ll do it as slowly as we like.