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Post by Admin on Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:21 pm

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Post by Lolly on Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:54 pm


Wigan Locks. A very interesting site
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Post by Admin on Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:05 pm

Lovely to see. Must visit one day.
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Post by Nosam Derf on Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:52 pm

Crooklands Hotel from our tripboat.

Sunday 18th August 2019.


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Post by lizzie70 on Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:07 am

Nice photo Fred...👏
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Post by jo anne on Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:31 am

Have you never been to Wigan Flight, Admin? affraid You don’t know what you’re missing Very Happy

I heartily recommend the History Walks.

The next is on Sat 7th Sep, starting 10am from Wigan Dry Dock. Smile

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Post by Admin on Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:26 pm

As a kid, jo-anne I would bike to the top lock to fish for gudgeon. I loved it but have never been as an adult for walking or anything. Must try it then.

This is a pic taken today on the Lancaster Canal at Crooklands which shows our tripboat, based at Crooklands passing by the hotel named Crooklands. I was asked to take this pic for a postcard showing the two 'Crooklands' in line with each other.

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Post by Admin on Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:38 pm

Today we had a busy one of three on the bank holiday weekend. So sad that summer is disappearing, albeit, slowly....

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Post by Lolly on Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:08 pm

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Great pics
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Post by Admin on Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:47 pm

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Post by jo anne on Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:22 pm

Great photos, Admin; looks like visitors & volunteers had a tremendous time alike. The duckweed almost looks like grass!

It’s Wigan History Walk tomorrow, Sat 7th Sep, from 10am - www.meetup.com

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Post by Admin on Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:41 pm

Sounds like a nice walk, jo-anne. Are you going?
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Post by jo anne on Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:54 am

Not this time, Admin; I’m off to the opening of the Diggers Festival today. Smile

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Post by ramiejamie on Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:09 pm

Great photos Admin.

We walked up the Wigan Flight to Top Lock this arvo.

Thankfully there were a couple of work boats dealing with the duckweed,

it has become a real eyesore, not seen it so bad before.
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Post by Admin on Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:59 pm

Ray,

Apparently the duckweed has been more intrusive this year compared to other years.

I heard that C&RT have removed tons of the stuff from the Lancaster Canal in recent weeks.

We still have lots of it though..

Guess what.. today I saw a Kingfisher flash along in front of the tripboat as we returned to base. Just beautiful. Last week I saw a Cormorant by the canal. How lovely is life? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by ramiejamie on Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:34 pm

We don’t see kingfishers and cormorants in Ince Admin.
but it is a nice walk up to Top Lock.

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Post by Naughty Mitten on Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:23 am

I've seen Kingfishers in Ince, the trick is to look in winter when the background is drab compared to the Kingfisher
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Post by Lolly on Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:02 am

Jack Perks photo.  Canal and rivers trust on twitter

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Post by jo anne on Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:33 pm

Lovely photo. I’ve seen a kingfisher twice along Wigan Flight; well, one was flying just past Top Lock & the other near Lock No.73 in Lower Ince.

Beautiful birds, so vividly coloured!

I’ve seen a cormorant a few times near the Nice Pak factory, too; it kept disappearing on sudden dives under the water, only to reappear a short time later a distance away. Wonderful to watch.

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Post by Admin on Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:17 pm

Never seen a cormorant dive, jo-anne, so well done you. Apparently they are coming in from the coast to fresh water and there is a society, (Can't remember which one) that is tracking them to see why. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Post by Admin on Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:00 pm

What a treat we had today on the Lancaster Canal at Crooklands.

I took this pic of a Cormorant, a Swan, and a Heron on the canal bank opposite. Later on I saw a kingfisher on a branch, he then flew upwards and hovered over the water, dove down into the shallows, grabbed a fish and flew off down the canal.

Wow...something only seen once in a while.

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Post by Cadfael on Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:14 pm

ramiejamie wrote:We don’t see kingfishers and cormorants in Ince Admin.
but it is a nice walk up to Top Lock.


Did you know...

That the stretch of canal from Top Lock through Chorley and onto Johnson's Hillock is in fact the original southern end of the Lancaster Canal?

It was ten years later, in 1791, that work re-started on building the canal west from Gargrave. In 1794 a new Act was passed, changing the route to run via Burnley and Blackburn instead of Whalley and Walton-le-Dale. Foulridge Tunnel was opened in 1796 making the canal navigable from Leeds to Burnley. The section from Burnley to Blackburn took a further 14 years to construct and the missing link west of Blackburn to the Lancaster Canal at Johnson's Hillock was not complete until six years later in 1816.

The plan to continue the canal as planned from Johnson's Hillock to Parbold was abandoned through lack of money. An arrangement was made to use the section of the Lancaster Canal between Johnson's Hillock and Wigan, and to incorporate that and the Wigan "branch" into the main line of the canal. It was not until 1816 that the through route opened between Liverpool and Leeds.


Source... History of The Leeds & Liverpool Canal
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Post by Admin on Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:18 pm

Thanks, Cad,

I did indeed know that and this year, being the 200th year celebration of the completion of the canal to Kendal, this stretch of the canal has been renamed the Lancaster Canal.

Next year it will revert to the L&L canal. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Cadfael on Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:29 pm

If left up to me it would remain The Lancaster Canal - L&L Link Canal. Retain the history.
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