As we moor on the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Burscough in West Lancashire I’ve taken lots and lots of images of this, the longest canal in the country.

Ollerton bridges 91 and 90 on the L and L canal

Two stone bridges reflected in the water as they cross the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Ollerton in Lancashire.

Two stone bridges span the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Ollerton in Lancashire.

The bridges are built in the same style so mirror one another

These are bridges numbers 91 and 90 on the canal, with the numbering starting at the Liverpool end of the canal.

Original image made 19.7.2016 Image Cw 1860 copyright Colin Wareing

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Autumn on the canal around Burscough 2022.

Alongside the Junction bridge.

On the eastern side of Burscough along the Leeds and Liverpool canal is the junction with the Rufford Arm where a bridge carries the towpath over the canal.

This is the view from alongside the bridge looking towards the former Ainscough’s flour mill in Burscough.

Image made 16.11.2022

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The Junction in Autumn

On the eastern side of Burscough along the Leeds and Liverpool canal is the junction with the Rufford Arm where a substantial stone bridge carries the towpath over the canal.

This is the view from a boat travelling away from the junction towards Burscough on a bright autumn morning which was still a very mild day for November.

Image made 16.11.2022

Image Cw 8122 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

Ainscough’s Mill east side 16.11.2022

The east side of the former Ainscough’s flour mill in Burscough on a sunny autumn November day.

This side of the mill has been redeveloped into flats and apartments is alongside the Ormskirk to Preston railway line.

Image Cw 8123 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

Autumn at Crabtree Lane 4.11.2022

 A tranquil autumn scene on The Leeds and Liverpool canal near Burscough in West Lancashire.

The leaves are turning and falling along the canal at Crabtree Lane to the west of Burscough where a lone narrow boat is moored under a fluffy white clouds in a blue sky on a late autumn afternoon on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in West Lancashire.

Photo image Cw 8124 Copyright Colin Wareing

Autumn on the canal at Crabtree Lane 4.11.2022

 A tranquil autumn scene on The Leeds and Liverpool canal near Burscough in West Lancashire.

The leaves are turning and falling along the canal at Crabtree Lane to the west of Burscough where a narrow boat is moored under fluffy white clouds in a blue sky on a late autumn afternoon on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in West Lancashire.

Photo image Cw 8125 Copyright Colin Wareing

The latest goings on on the canal is the reopening of the locks after they had been closed from Wigan to Leeds since 17th July 2022.

On Monday the 17th of October the locks where reopened and I went to Wigan to take pictures of the first boats to start going up the locks towards Aspull.

Cw 9093 Lock 86 at Wigan with Sid the lockie 17.10.2022

Two narrow boats are being worked through Henhurst lock near the bottom of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022

These boats will carry on up the flight of 21 locks to the top at Aspull on The Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This was the 1st day since the 18th of July that the Wigan flight of locks had been open to boats following a prolonged dry spell over winter and summer combined with maintaince work on some of the reservoirs that feed water to the canal which meant the canal was depleted of water supplies.

The chap that is working the lock paddles on this side of the canal is Sid, who is more famous for working on the locks on the Liverpool Link which has become known as “Sids Ditch”

Image Cw 9093 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

This picture was used on the front page of Novembers Towpath Talk

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Two narrow boats are rising up in lock 85 of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022

These boats will carry on up the flight of 21 locks to the top, raising the boats 215 feet up the hill to Aspull on The Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This was the 1st day since the 18th of July that the Wigan flight of locks had been open to boats following a prolonged dry spell over winter and summer combined with maintaince work on some of the reservoirs that feed water to the canal which meant the canal was depleted of water supplies.

Image Cw 9096 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

Two narrow boats are leaving lock 85 of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022

These boats will carry on up the flight of 21 locks to the top, raising the boats 215 feet up the hill to Aspull on The Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This was the 1st day since the 18th of July that the Wigan flight of locks had been open to boats following a prolonged dry spell over winter and summer combined with maintaince work on some of the reservoirs that feed water to the canal which meant the canal was depleted of water supplies.

Image Cw 9094 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

The canal narrow boat “Inertia” and her push butty are about to enter lock 85 of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022.

The canal narrow boat “Inertia” and her push butty are about to enter lock 85 of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022.

The push butty that is roped to the side of “Inertia” is normally slotted onto the front of the bow of the boat and pushed along. However in this configuration the combined length of the two boats would be too long to fit into the 60 feet long locks of the Wigan flight and beyond on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

These boats will carry on up the flight of 21 locks to the top, raising the boats 215 feet up the hill to Aspull on The Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This was the 1st day since the 18th of July that the Wigan flight of locks had been open to boats following a prolonged dry spell over winter and summer combined with maintaince work on some of the reservoirs that feed water to the canal which meant the canal was depleted of water supplies.

The locks are open as a window of opportunity to allow boaters to pass up and down the flight to return to their home or preferred mooring for winter with the plan being for the window to be open for two weeks. The navigation will then be closed again to enable the reservoirs to hopefully refill over the coming winter.

Image Cw 9095 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

The canal narrow boat “Inertia” and her push butty are leaving lock 85 of the Wigan flight of locks on Monday the 17.10.2022.

The push butty that is roped to the side of “Inertia” is normally slotted onto the front of the bow of the boat and pushed along. However in this configuration the combined length of the two boats would be too long to fit into the 60 feet long locks of the Wigan flight and beyond on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

These boats will carry on up the flight of 21 locks to the top, raising the boats 215 feet up the hill to Aspull on The Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This was the 1st day since the 18th of July that the Wigan flight of locks had been open to boats following a prolonged dry spell over winter and summer combined with maintaince work on some of the reservoirs that feed water to the canal which meant the canal was depleted of water supplies.

The locks are open as a window of opportunity to allow boaters to pass up and down the flight to return to their home or preferred mooring for winter with the plan being for the window to be open for two weeks. The navigation will then be closed again to enable the reservoirs to hopefully refill over the coming winter.

Image Cw 9097 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

Newton change line bridge at Bank Newton on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
This is bridge no 165 on the canal and It is called a change line bridge because the towing path changes from one side of the canal to the other over this bridge. The lock gates are the top gates of the six locks in The Bank Newton flight.
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