Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Leigh Branch

Leigh, Makerfield, Wigan

Canal branch from Wigan to Leigh


In outstanding condition and usefully signposted. Towpath has possibly been altered, switches sides twice. Footing is modern blocks near Wigan and Leigh, re‐enforced compact otherwise, at least six feet wide throughout. One of the quietest walks in Manchester. No scenery, but long fields of marshland created by flooded mines. For walk, cycle and boat planning this seems as one with the Bridgewater Canal, the change of gauge is a clue the canals were built in different eras—this late branch of the Leeds–Liverpool Canal has no scenery, few features of note and no facilities, but is outstanding underfoot and quiet of people and noise between two useful towns. If walking/cycling is what you like, miles of surrounding wetland.


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