I joined them at Wigan and we cruised to Burscough where Susan joined us for the trip into Liverpool. The next weekend we retraced the journey to Wigan and onwards to Leigh, completing the Leeds & Liverpool for me.
The route down the Stanley Dock Branch and the remainder of the Liverpool Link is available during the morning coming out of Liverpool, and in the afternoon going in. Sunday morning’s weather was rather damp, but with my Great East Run half-marathon coming up the following Sunday, I took advantage of the opportunity for a final long run, and took the train eight stops north to Hightown, getting off and running south back to the boat, the first half along the coast and the second half along the canal. I got to see the “Another Place” sculptures by Sir Antony Gormley, and also to see National Cycle Route 810 disappear repeatedly under masses of sand, which made the running along it rather challenging.
“Unlock” by Thompson Dagnall, made out of lock gates. It is said to be a book holding the secrets and stories of the canals, aiming to use the physical presence of the lock gates to stimulate each traveller’s memories of the canals and hint at the vast library of tales yet to be unearthed. The intention is that the sculpture will dominate the viewer and give a taste of the feeling of entering a lock, capturing the essence of the canals in an up close and personal way.