62_Cruising to Wigan
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62_Cruising to Wigan

September 23, 2019

we leave our mooring between bridges
40 and 41 just east of Parbold on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Winding our
way through the Douglas Valley we soon reach a Appley lock where only the
mainline lock is in operation. The other derelict alongside it were used as a
navigable side pond for boats passing in opposite directions. Continuing our
journey through the Douglas Valley we negotiate one swing bridge the other two
being derelict and soon find ourselves at Dean Lock where we were joined by a
Lock buddy for the remaining three locks into Wigan we pass Wigan pier where we moor up for the
night on the pontoon just after bridge 51 and before lock 87 . So we are just leaving this lovely little spot between bridges 40 and 41 ready for I think it’s
about a four-hour cruise with at least five locks I think. So we are setting off
heading into the Sun. Eileen is walking and this will be our journey up to Wigan yeah it’s a lovely morning that’s where we just come from a bridge up ahead see how we go. That trees a little bit old. I think there is actually a bridge under the railway there you don’t see it because
the bush is in the way but you can’t get through we thought it was a pathway that
you could walk through and do a little walk but no it wasn’t, its closed up. There
lovely bridges these ones you can see the this is the old lock there’s a kind
of a section that goes off here to the left as you can see the old lock there
and it actually joins back on a bit further up obviously that bits disused
now and quite why it’s there I don’t know but obviously there’s a reason but it ends up in the same place really
because it ends up just a little bit further up, which I’ll show you when we
get there how to put the brakes on because the lock ahead is empty and I
don’t really see that Eileen is just having to fill it no sorry the other way
around it’s full and she’s having to empty it. So this is a Appley bridge we
did a nice walk. When we walked up the Fairy
Glen we came back down through here across the bridge and back onto the
canal Eileen is doing the first swing bridge of
the day. this is a fully manual swing bridge so you have to unlock the lock there and
then just push it open some of them can be quite heavy I always get worried because there’s a
chain I don’t know if you can see that there’s a chain on the swing bridge hanging
sort of down I always wonder where that actually ends up I don’t quite know what
it does but it obviously anchors something. Go on girl push hard Of we go I think there’s a few more
swing bridges to come just come to our second lock of the day
and there are two boats just coming into the lock so they’ve gone down and
another boats just caught us up so we’ve now got company for the rest of the
locks so this is a second lock of the day
there’s about another three before we get to Wigan it looks like we might have
someone to share it with or to share them with Pat’s decided he doesn’t like having new
blacking and new paint because now he’s worried about scratching it just like we
were at the beginning yeah it soon wears off yeah is that true lovie, it soon wears
off doesn’t it . I don’t know why, except that you put all that effort into painting it then it all gets scratched off. I don’t know what you think know it’s gonna happen yeah, you can’t avoid it. Just try to be too careful sometimes! we were just saying that this is lovely
having the locks to share with people however you feel a little bit obliged to
UM travel at their speed and they’ve gone why ahead of us
and we’re not used to traveling at that speed I suppose the only thing is that
least they’ll start preparing the lock but when we get there which would be
nice of course l thought that lady was waving at us? So here we just on the outskirts of
Wigan. We’ve got another couple of locks to go through before we’re in Wigan
itself so not really looking forward to it. I do need to get some shopping there and grocery shopping so that all serve a
purpose . so we’re just coming up to the third lock of the day having to empty it
again but it’s only a shallow lock so it shouldn’t take too long and we have a
lock buddy behind us we’ve moored here for the night in the
center of Wigan just prior to our ascent to Wigan flight 21 locks if you enjoyed our
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  • Reply Steve Hart September 14, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hi you two. The chain is so the bridge can be pulled shut from the off side if it has been left open.

  • Reply Jimmy D September 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

    You beautiful people 8O)

  • Reply Jean-Louis HUGE September 14, 2019 at 9:50 am

    it's always a pleasure to watch your videos

  • Reply Tony hood September 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Looks nice

  • Reply Escape To The Cut September 14, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Near our neck of the woods, there is some great moorings near Haigh hall and Red Rock once you get up the flight

  • Reply lori thorpe September 14, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Great vlog , how on earth did they get that motorbike on the roof of that barge ? Lol

  • Reply Michael W. Salter September 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I love the drone shots you add to the video. It gives a nice change of perspective. Pat, it looks like Eileen does all the work. If you run out of fuel, do you throw a rope around her and make her pull? 😂😂😂

  • Reply Kath Roscoe September 14, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Lovely video as always. Are you doing the whole of the Leeds and Liverpool again? I live near the Johnson's Hillock flight – pretty around there.

  • Reply Colin T Head September 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Is that the Osmo Pocket camera I see you using, great cameras, I've had one since January?

  • Reply Cabin Cruiser Adventure September 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for that guys just travelled down from the outskirts of Wigan today went over the canal. Did
    a stroll down the Ulverston canal on Sunday. It was interesting to see but obviously not connected to the network as it was only accessible via Morcambe Bay but good to see another disused canal being brought back to life. Take care.

  • Reply colm one September 14, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Great video as always.
    I really appreciate the work you put into it and the details you show.
    I look forward to the next one.

  • Reply Kev La September 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    A big thank you for taking the time to share your experiences, fantastic videos that we thoroughly enjoy watching, keep up the good work and enjoy your travels..

  • Reply ramsey barber September 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Eileen and Pat Thanks for sorting out the sound it is much better Thank You .

  • Reply james goodwin September 15, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Surely while you other half is walking along side the boat wouldn’t it be a good idea to use her like a horse to pull the boat along,saves diesel and she gets a good workout……a win win situation,it’s just a suggestion,help save the planet and that sort of thing

  • Reply Benno Ben September 15, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Always a pleasure to watch your videos , they brighten up my week , thank you both 👍

  • Reply William Fairley September 15, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Great vid thanks for sharing your travels with us.

  • Reply sylvia butler September 15, 2019 at 9:01 am

    so enjoyed this video today with it's restful guitar music and wonderful peaceful scenes. Thank you both for a great filming and editing job.

  • Reply Ian of SJKartwork September 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

    A lovely vlog…thanks for sharing

  • Reply Annie September 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Great vlog thanks xx

  • Reply colin woodward September 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Loving watching your videos. We get our Bickerstaff boat early next year and we want to do the L&L as our first trip xx

  • Reply Roy Mottershead September 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Hi guys hope your both well, another great vlog 👌, some of the views are stunning.lm a bit late replying as lm also painting my boat, nearly there she’s looking good, take care kind regards R👍

  • Reply Foxes Afloat September 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Loved it. Always do love your vlogs ❤️❤️

  • Reply Kevin Kenny September 18, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Great Vlog. Interesting, Pat's worries about scratching the paint, if it makes you feel any better, at first I would be traumatic about seeing our boats with battle scars, now I actually quite like it. Totally unavoidable, it just means the boats are being used what they were built for… Enjoyment 💚

  • Reply Stephen Bowker September 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Hi the chain is attached to the towpath bank to allow solo boaters to pull the bridge back after passing through. 🖐 NB Thomas Henry.

  • Reply Stephen Bowker September 20, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Did you notice that Crooke Lock was missing 😂😂😂😂 NB Thomas Henry. 🖐

  • Reply tonyvidtube September 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Thats a fit young lass you have there Pat. Why not throw her a rope and turn the engine off seeing has Eileen loves walking the towpath. 😂

  • Reply Tim September 22, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Great video really enjoyed it.

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