Leeds and Liverpool Canal clogging up due to lack of boat traffic

These pictures of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as it runs around Haigh Woodland Park, taken by Wigan Post reader Chris Winstanley, show the waterway at its tranquil finest.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 9:53 am
Leeds and Liverpool Canal as it runs around Haigh Woodland Park

But one image does draw attention to an unusual sight for this usually busy channel. And that is the amount of water flora growing and congesting on the surface.

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This is due to the canal’s not having been disturbed by any boats for several weeks now due to the lockdown. That doesn’t mean that the towpaths are quiet though. These pictures are unusual in that respect too because the local canalsides have become some of the busier routes for pedestrians on their hour-a-day’s exercise.

Water flora growing and congesting on the surface of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal