A cycle along the Leeds Liverpool Canal through Melling and Aintree earlier today brought me face to face with two female paddlers near Wango Lane swing bridge in Aintree Village.
Stopping for a chat they told me they were paddling from Liverpool to Hull to raise money for children’s charities. Today they hope to get to Wigan. If I understood them correctly they were doing the challenge with the help of or for Heart Radio Station.
I asked them for advice about how to get into and out of a canoe on a canal because it is not at all easy! They clearly help each other and had a cycling support team.
Good luck girls……
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Leeds Liverpool Canal at Wango Lane Aintree Village yesterday. It’s back in water and boaters can again sail into Liverpool.
Good news our canal is back in business after a couple of months of being closed after it breached its banks in Melling. My previous posting refers and is available via the link below:-
The canal from Melling to Liverpool was reopened 3 days ago at a cost, I’m told, of around £500,000 to repair the breach as detailed in my previous posting. Here’s a couple of photos of the repaired breach site:-
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Thanks to the Aintree & Maghull Champion Newspaper for using one of the photos above in it’s edition of 29th August 2018
The other day I was cycling the short path that leads from Green Lane to the Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail when I noticed workmen reconstructing a footbridge across Maghull Brook.
Maghull Brook is the boundary between Maghull & Lydiate and it also forms part of the boundary between Sefton and West Lancs. It was indeed this very brook that the Leeds Liverpool Canal collapsed into in 1995. Here’s a reminder of that day:-
Anyway I digress as this posting is about what seems to be a rarely used Maghull Footpath which the bridge pictured above serves. Trouble is I have never seen anyone use that footpath, a point also made to me by one of the workmen who clearly lived locally. The path runs northwards effectively alongside Maghull Brook towards that group of houses on the sharp bend in Bells Lane. The houses, once known as Upper Gore Farm but now called Mercer Court, are actually just in West Lancashire. In fact two footpaths radiate from that group of houses, the one we are talking about here and a second which ends up crossing the Cheshire Lines Path and then the River Alt on Showicks Bridge and leads you to either Sefton or Lunt Villages.
Showicks Bridge over the River Alt
Um, I seem to digressed again! Anyway a footpath sign showing where the path across the recently rebuilt bridge goes would be handy, then maybe it would be used by walkers who don’t have a local Ordnance Survey Map.
Having been down to have a look at the Leeds Liverpool canal breach in Melling this morning it looks to be of a similar nature to the 1995 breach on the boundary between Maghull & Lydiate i.e. the canal may well have broken through into a culvert that crosses underneath it. Here’s the latest photos, including one of a very unfortunate narrow boat caught near to the breach point:-
dam built by Canal and River Trust at Holmes swing bridge. From here the canal is in water through Maghull, Lydiate and northwards
A canal with virtually no water in it from Holmes swing bridge through Aintree towards Liverpool.
A sadly marooned narrow boat quite near to the breach site.
The breach point in the Waddicar part of Melling
The breach happened yesterday evening according to Merseyside Fire and Rescue.
Ongoing developing incident in Melling regarding a Leeds Liverpool Canal breach
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have the details on their web page – see link above
I’ve seen some video footage of water flooding surrounding fields on the Aintree Village Community Page of Facebook.
A few days ago a Canal and River Trust dumb barge with an excavator on it was being pushed northwards through Lydiate and it passed the end of our Lydiate garden.
A brief chat with the chap in charge of the movement led me to understand that work was going to commence just north of Jackson’s Bridge (where Hall Lane/Pygons Hill Lane cross over the LLC) on reclaying the canal over the small aqueduct that takes the Leeds Liverpool Canal over what I think is still called Sudell Brook at that point.
The brook is also the Lydiate/Merseyside boundary with Downholland/West Lancashire and I’m guessing that the canal has been leaking into the brook below it hence the need to reclay the canal. The photo below shows the dumb barge with the excavator in it on Saturday 14th April over the position of the small aqueduct.