Crossing the Leeds-Liverpool canal to link up with the walk description.
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal by the Orwell public house.
We all feel like that sometimes, but not when you go walking with Harris Hikers!
Martyn glad to be back on the towpath on the way back to Wigan Pier, 8 miles into the walk and only a few minutes after lunch!
Walk stats: Distance:13.7 miles (more than 14 if you count the walk the the Anvil public house on Downing Street in the city centre!). Climb:434'.
Time: 5 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average:3.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.5 m.p.h
Group:Martyn, Dave and Mike D.
Things didn't start too well when we couldn't find the Trenchfield Mill Car Park and ended parking in the Mona Street car park in the city centre and to the cost of Mike's pocket to the tune of £6-50!
However there was a bonus, it was just round the corner from the Anvil.
What another glorious day this turned out to be for walking, definitely a shorts day and the Sun shining for most of the day.
After crossing the Leeds-Liverpool canal by the Orwell public house, we didn't look at the route description or the map and we turned left along the towpath instead of right! this meant that we did the first part of the walk as far as Haigh Hall in the opposite direction to that described. However id did have the advantage that we went past the DW stadium before any of the football fans arriving to see Wigan beat Birmingham!
We were all impressed with the length of the miniature railway that went through the grounds of Haigh Hall, it's a pity that it wasn't running!
The return route back to Wigan Pier was all the way along the towpath, not too challenging in terms of route finding. In terms of seeing other people, tis was one of the most popular walks that we have been on for some time. Overall a good walk and we were back a the car before 3 p.m.!
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Great spotted woodpecker, Mute swan, Nuthatch, Common coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Tufted duck, Black-headed gull, Canada goose, Winter wren, European robin, Eurasian jay, House sparrow, Blackbird, Goldfinch and Pied wagtail.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Anvil in the centre of Wigan where Extra Pale Ale by the Arms, Nottingham Brewery and Hydes Original and a new brew were enjoyed.