Our hard work started today. We did plan on doing the Wigan flight of 21 locks tomorrow, but the forecast was rain, so we decided to have an early start and go for it. We set off at 8.00 am as we had over an hour cruising and the two Poolstock locks to do before we hit the Wigan flight, finally mooring at 5.45. A very tiring day, 23 locks and 9 hours cruising. Although we waited an hour, hoping another boat would arrive, three locks up I dashed to the shops and still no boats arrived, the only luck we had was that all the locks were in our favour.
Approaching Poolstock lock. Our first lock since the Big lock at Middlewich (not counting the Weaver locks as they were manned)
This is our first time on the Leeds and Liverpool and we are coming across new and strange winding gear. The gates are so heavy, the winding gear and chain helps the back pain
Due to the short beam, winding gear assists again
Another interesting paddle gear
The locks on the Wigan flight are very deep with heavy gates. All the paddles are locked with anti vandal locks.
Many ropes over the years have worn away this bollard
Moorings for tonight, high above Wigan, having climbed 214 ft 7 ins in 2 miles