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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Wigan Wanderers

Moored right outside the C&RT Wigan office as we were last night, gave us an idea.  We went in this morning and asked about booking a passage down into Liverpool after we return from out trip up the Lancaster Canal.  Gosh how organised are we, two bookings……….!

As we are so near it seemed silly not to go back to that lovely city, especially as last year we left feeling we hadn’t seen it all.  As the season is coming to an end there were plenty of spaces and there was no problem fitting in a week on exactly the days we wanted. Brilliant.

But today we were in Wigan, so we went for a wander around town.  Again another prosperous mill town built around the textile industry back in the day, as they say.  With also a large and productive mining community in the surrounding area, Wigan was known as the coal capital.  As is so often the case, Wigan has experienced a big decline in it’s fortunes over more recent years.

However the football and rugby teams are doing well!




Red brick architecture; shopping centre, Town Hall, and Library.




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‘Face of Wigan’ sculpture at the Wiend in the town centre.

The Wiend is one of Wigan’s oldest streets and Roman ruins and artefacts have been found in excavations around the area.




Enjoying the sunshine and really warm weather again, it was good to get on the move again after lunch, also to be out in the countryside once more.  So we made  our way out of Wigan, through Crooke and Appley Bridge to Parbold.

Here we have been treated to a wonderful sunset……….

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Wigan – Parbold, 6.5 miles, 5 locks, 1 bridge

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