Wigan and Return – Nature Spotters Paradise
(for the total return trip)
Call us on 01527 575115 to book this 3 week break.
This 3-week cruise allows you ample time to cruise from our narrowboat hire base in Cheshire all the way to the Albert Docks in Liverpool, with a day or so spare to explore this amazing city.
Heading north from our Acton Bridge narrowboat hire base, it’s easy, lock-free cruising (apart from one stop lock) through the lovely Cheshire countryside towards Manchester. Passing through Lymm and Stockton Heath, you will turn left (west) on the Bridgewater Canal just before the city, skirting around the south west of Manchester, towards Worsley.
Commercial buildings and housing estates slowly turn to golf courses and then to the former industrial hub that was Worsely. This small town is now worth a visit, especially the Elizabethan gothic style mansion of Worsley Hall situated on the Bridgewater Canal.
Cruising on past the Pennington Flash and the Wigan Flash nature reserve; full of birds, lakes and woodlands and great for a picnic stop and stretch of the legs before arriving at the town of Wigan. Here you will head west onto the Leigh branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which winds its way through scenic flat farmland of Merseyside.
Skirting around Ormskirk, you’ll then head south towards Kirby. If you’re a fan of horse racing, then look out for the Aintree Racecourse, home to the Grand National and the famous ‘Canal Turn’, before heading into a more built-up area of Bootle.
Just past Bootle, there is a flight of 4 locks that enter into Stanley Dock. These need to be pre-booked before travel (along with a pontoon mooring point at Albert Dock).
After the Stanley Dock locks you’ll cruise south, running parallel to the River Mersey, heading right into the heart of Liverpool to Albert Dock.
On a three-week trip, you have the time to stay here for two nights whilst taking some time to explore this amazing city.
Right on your doorstep at Albert Dock is the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story museum. A short walk away is the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles and other famous Liverpudlian acts played, the Eleanor Rigby statue and the World Museum.
If you’re into your football, you can pick up the Anfield tour bus which takes you directly from Albert Dock to the football stadium.
Of course, there are also plenty of places to eat and drink in the city, so take your pick!
As mentioned, please note that mooring spaces at Albert Dock and the Stanley Dock locks need to be pre-booked. You can book that via the Canal and River Trust website or call our Black Prince team for help.
After your two-night break in Liverpool, it’s then time to enjoy a relaxing cruise back the way you came to our Acton Bridge boat hire base in Cheshire.
Call today on ++44 (0)1527 575 115 and a Black Prince team member will be happy to help!