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#1 Mac of Cygnet

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:13 PM

Tomorrow or Monday I intend to go up the Wigan flight with no crew (the dog is useless). If I find another boat to go with, that's fine, but if not I'll have to give it a go. Anyone hard up for something to do either day? Sustenance and effusive thanks provided, of course. I'm at Dover Lock Inn at the moment, but if it were to be tomorrow, I'd move nearer this evening.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:40 PM

Don't know if it's true but Iv'e been told today that Wigan flight is closed.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:42 PM

Don't know if it's true but Iv'e been told today that Wigan flight is closed.


Oh. Has anyone else got anything on that?
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 04:21 PM

Tomorrow or Monday I intend to go up the Wigan flight with no crew (the dog is useless). If I find another boat to go with, that's fine, but if not I'll have to give it a go. Anyone hard up for something to do either day? Sustenance and effusive thanks provided, of course. I'm at Dover Lock Inn at the moment, but if it were to be tomorrow, I'd move nearer this evening.

Cheers

Mac

If you can track the number down, ring the lock keeper and tell them you're going up solo - they'll give you a hand. Even if you don;t warn them in advance, if they notice you they will probably help. I've done it single handed myself - it's not that bad, just goes on for ever!

Oh. Has anyone else got anything on that?

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 04:22 PM

If you can track the number down, ring the lock keeper and tell them you're going up solo - they'll give you a hand. Even if you don;t warn them in advance, if they notice you they will probably help. I've done it single handed myself - it's not that bad, just goes on for ever!


Lock Keeper at Wigan??? You are going back a few years!!!
Mac if I was you I would just sit near the bottow and wait for a boat one will be along at some point.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

E mail notice i got during the week:
Locks 88 to 65 of Wigan Flight (inclusive) & Lock 1 (Poolstock) Leigh Branch.

Tuesday 26 June 2012 until further notice
Due to an operational issue with the feeder at Scholes, we are currently experiencing low water levels on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through Wigan.

Engineers will be on site tomorrow to review the situation with the pump.

An update will be issued on 27 June 2012.

Enquiries: 01942 405700

Edited by Matthew Dowson, 30 June 2012 - 04:26 PM.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

E mail notice i got during the week:
Locks 88 to 65 of Wigan Flight (inclusive) & Lock 1 (Poolstock) Leigh Branch.

Tuesday 26 June 2012 until further notice
Due to an operational issue with the feeder at Scholes, we are currently experiencing low water levels on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through Wigan.

Engineers will be on site tomorrow to review the situation with the pump.

An update will be issued on 27 June 2012.

Enquiries: 01942 405700



Update said feeder problem is sorted.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 04:40 PM

Edited 'cos my question was aswered before I'd asked it.

Edited by Mac of Cygnet, 30 June 2012 - 04:42 PM.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 05:41 PM

I've done the Wigan flight single handed without another boat (there were lockeepers there but they were helping 2 crewed boats going down together - then they went for lunch and I never saw them again), and will do so again in a couple of months. You've done the Rochdale and Huddersfield enough - I consider this much easier, just be prepared to take most of the day.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 05:50 PM

I've done the Wigan flight single handed without another boat (there were lockeepers there but they were helping 2 crewed boats going down together - then they went for lunch and I never saw them again), and will do so again in a couple of months. You've done the Rochdale and Huddersfield enough - I consider this much easier, just be prepared to take most of the day.


Yes but not in one day!

I do expect to take all day, but there seems to be some lack of clarity as to whether the flight is locked at the top at 1630 Is it? I seem to remember it being unlocked at 0830 when we went down a few years ago.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:19 AM

Yes but not in one day!

I do expect to take all day, but there seems to be some lack of clarity as to whether the flight is locked at the top at 1630 Is it? I seem to remember it being unlocked at 0830 when we went down a few years ago.


Was not locked when I came up last month, I was moored at the top for 2 days and boats were coming up well after 16:30
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:54 AM

Well here I am sitting at the bottom of the flight in a steady heavy drizzle. A woman at the Poolstock locks told me this was 'billinge rain', which is a new one on me.

I would go up if another boat turned up, and would have started up myself had it been dry, but but not by myself in the wet, mainly because it would be more dangerous, with everything so slippery.

Wigan in the rain, eh? What more could you want? Considering the weather, there are a hell of a lot of cyclists zipping by.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

I did it! Rain cleared up, forecast for tomorrow not good, nobody turned up, so set off at midday. 6 and a quarter hours, which beats my age in decades by a rather satrisfying margin (you know, like golf scores after a player reaches a certain age). Knackered, though, goes without saying.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

Good work! A well earned beer must be in order! :cheers:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

What do you want a medal?.....

© Onionbargee.

(actually that's pretty good going I'd say)

:cheers:

Edited by MJG, 01 July 2012 - 05:54 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:06 PM

What do you want a medal?.....

© Onionbargee.

(actually that's pretty good going I'd say)

:cheers:

He deserves one for doing the flight single handed ;)
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

err yes,,
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:09 PM

Well here I am sitting at the bottom of the flight in a steady heavy drizzle. A woman at the Poolstock locks told me this was 'billinge rain', which is a new one on me.

I would go up if another boat turned up, and would have started up myself had it been dry, but but not by myself in the wet, mainly because it would be more dangerous, with everything so slippery.

Wigan in the rain, eh? What more could you want? Considering the weather, there are a hell of a lot of cyclists zipping by.

Wigan; I spent a week there one afternoon.

There is an old saying in Wigan:

"If you can see the slag heaps it is about to rain,
If you can't see the slag heaps it's raining."

The cyclists zipping by are escapees.

Only kidding, I like Wigan, spent a year of my youth there. I was in love with a female bus conductor (should that be conductress? we called 'em clippies) Happy days. :)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

Wowzers! well done! we did it last year and I wouldn't fancy doing it alone, very impressed!
I bet you sleep well tonight!
Hope Adlington's looking lovely as you pass by, I do miss it.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:33 PM

Good work! A well earned beer must be in order! :cheers:


Got a couple of those AND watched Spain taking Italy apart (first half only - gotta get something to eat!)

¡Viva España!
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