Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch)
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) is a broad canal and is part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It runs for 7 miles and 2½ furlongs through 2 locks from Leigh Bridge No 11 (where it joins the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch)) to Wigan Junction (where it joins the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds) and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet and 8 inches. The maximum draught is 3 feet and 11 inches.The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 10M - Leeds and Liverpool Canal Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 5 - North West & the Pennines
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Leeds & Liverpool - West Yorkshire Waterways
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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|Leigh Bridge No 11
Junction of the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch).
|Quayside Winding Hole||¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Leigh Pipe Bridge||3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Leigh Bypass Road Bridge No 11A||3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Springfield Footbridge No 10||3½ furlongs||0 locks|
Aqueduct is over the Westleigh Brook
|4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Golf Course Narrows||6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Common Lane Footbridge No 9||1 mile and 1¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Pennington Flash||1 mile and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Plank Lane Narrows||1 mile and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Plank Lane Winding Hole||1 mile and 5 furlongs||0 locks|
|Pennington Wharf Marina||1 mile and 6 furlongs||0 locks|
|Plank Lane Visitor Moorings||1 mile and 6 furlongs||0 locks|
|Former site of Plank Lane Pipe Bridge||1 mile and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Plank Lane Bridge No 8
Lift Bridge and site of former Colliery
|1 mile and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Plank Lane Pump Out||1 mile and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Gerrards Bridge No 6||2 miles and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Gerrards Bridge Winding Hole||2 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Smiths Bridge No 5||2 miles and 4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Dover Bridge No 4||3 miles and 4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|The Dover Lock Inn PH
Reported closed down as of 6th June 2018
|3 miles and 4½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dover Lock No 2 (narrows)
Site of former lock made unnecessary by mining subsidence.
|3 miles and 4½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dover Lock No 2 Winding Hole||3 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dover Lock No 1 (narrows)
Site of one of the two Dover locks made unnecessary by mining subsidence
|3 miles and 5½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Lily Lane Aqueduct||4 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bamfurlong Bridge No 3||4 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Bamfurlong Railway Bridge||4 miles and 5 furlongs||0 locks|
|Bamfurlong Winding Hole||4 miles and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ince Moss Railway Bridge No 2A||5 miles and 3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ince Moss Winding Hole||5 miles and 5½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Moss Bridge No 2||6 miles and ½ furlongs||0 locks|
Pearson's flash is on the other side
|6 miles and 3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Scotsman's Flash Railway Bridge||6 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Poolstock Bottom Lock Footbridge||6 miles and 5¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Poolstock Bottom Lock No 2||6 miles and 5¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Poolstock Water Pipe Bridge||6 miles and 6¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Poolstock Top Lock Footbridge No 1D||6 miles and 7 furlongs||1 lock|
|Poolstock Top Lock No 1||6 miles and 7¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Lyons Bridge No 1B
New bridge, the old one appears to have been demolished.
|7 miles and 1½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Westwood Power Station Cable Bridge No 1A||7 miles and 1¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Aireys Footbridge No 1||7 miles and 2 furlongs||2 locks|
Junction of Leeds and Liverpool Main Line and Leigh Branch
|7 miles and 2½ furlongs||2 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Leigh Branch (Leeds & Liverpool Canal), Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Bridge 7, Plank Lane Lift Bridge — from Friday the 22nd of March, 2019 to Sunday the 22nd of March, 2020.
Please be advised we are dealing with a pollution incident at Plank Lane, Leigh Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. To facilitate our investigations fully, we are closing the canal navigation.
We are working closely with the Environment Agency whilst our investigations are ongoing and an update will be provided Monday 25 March.
Wikipedia has a page about Leeds and Liverpool Canal
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a canal in Northern England, linking the cities of Leeds and Liverpool. Over a distance of 127 miles (204 km), it crosses the Pennines, and includes 91 locks on the main line. It has several small branches, and in the early 21st century a new link was constructed into the Liverpool docks system.