Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wigan Pier


IMG_3526After being told by some not to moor at the bottom of the Wigan flight we did so and had no trouble what so ever overnight and would recommend the mooring to anyone as it is handy if you have just come down or waiting to go up the flight .

Pulling ropes through rings at 09.00 and after dropping down the bottom lock  of the Wigan flight we passed  this building which we thought was Wigan Pier as it said Wigan Pier in big letters on it.

IMG_3529In fact Wigan Pier was on the other side of the canal and this reconstruction shows where it was . You can just see one of the two rails which protrude out over the canal . I will try and get a better picture the next time we pass.

IMG_3538This lock is right opposite the DW Stadium which of course is the home of Wigan Athletic FC .

IMG_3545Another first for us on this trip was to see this Turtle , although I think it’s probably a Terrapin . We have waited over 4 years to see one and was surprised to see this one just outside of Wigan.

IMG_3561We were lucky enough to pick up this mooring in Parbold where we will spend the next day or so .We have been told it’s a good place to chill out and as we have got ahead of ourselves we have a bit of time to spare before our booking in Liverpool

IMG_3554Not long after mooring we spotted these two Canal and River Trust guys blowing up this boat next to their van. They then launched it and just went up and down for half an hour . Carolyn asked them what they were doing to which they replied “ checking boat licenses”,which I find a bit odd as that job is normally done on foot by a data checker. More like out on a jolly me thinks.

IMG_3557We were soon down to the village to stock up the cupboards from the local shops . The village has most things a passing boater needs so it’s well worth stopping here.

IMG_3552In the evening we arranged to meet up with Jack and Tina NB Sandoy at a pub called the Stocks . We had a great evening catching up and the food was very good and well worth a visit if you are this way . Thanks for a most enjoyable evening and we will try and meet up on our way back through.

                                                                                                                 Happy Days

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