10th - 14 th June 2018 (4 nights)
From: Wigan top lock (Leeds &
To: Barrowford (Leeds & Liverpool
HIGHLIGHTS: Wigan 21
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We had originally planned on a 7 day cruise from 5th – 12th June… from Wigan to Foulridge however, given that no one had booked it , when we got a request for something from 10th, we’ve amended the cruise schedule and have decided to create a 4 night one from Wigan to Barrowford… where we need to be for a booking on the 15th. Typically, we’ll expect this sojourn to include a little over 4 hours chugging each day.
Depending on what time our guests arrive, we’ll chug off and see where we end up. Quite possiblly, we’ll go past Botany bay and get as far as Johnson’s Hillock visitors moorings or perhaps a little farther and tie up a Classic Narrowboats Wharf for the night.
After a (hopefully) peaceful night, we can have a leisurely start as we make our way onwards through Blackburn, penning through 7 locks and aiming to end the day around Sour Milk Hall Bridge (just after the Eanam Wharf visitor centre) - This was until recently a neglected area but it IS improving now with some excellent views.
The railway and motorway are never far away in this stretch but we’ll try and find a balance between them by the end of the next day when we’ll try and moor around Rose Grove, having passed through Hapton - quite an attractive area in what is otherwise still quite industrial scenery.
When we continue our journey the next day, we’ll enter the Gannow tunnel (559yards) and before long we’ll pass over the M65 motorway aqueduct and then enter the Weavers Triangle area of Burnley. We'll soon come across the preserved warehouse wharf and former wharf master’s house which contains the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre. We still have the Burnley Embankment to cover before we stop for the day - built 60 ft. high and nearly a mile long ... a detour to avoid following the contours around the valley. It’s regarded as one of the seven wonders of Britain’s Waterways
Once through Burnley we’ve the 7 Barrowford locks to negotiate before mooring for our final evening - hopefully on the visitor moorings
Wigan to Barrowford