Here, in 1761 the Canal Age was born when the Duke of Bridgwater commissioned James Brindley to design a way to transport coal from his mines to the growing city of Manchester. This was of the birth of the Industrial revolution when the canals started a whole new way to transport heavy goods that before was only possible by horse and cart!
Here is not much further to Wigan Pier, the butt of many a Music Hall joke, now home to the award winning living museum “The Way We Were”.
To Wigan Pier is 133 miles / 96 locks
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