We left Wigan and turned right onto the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. We had 3 locks to contend with, along with more boats at each lock, but we now have 42 miles lock free.
There's been a lot of subsidence in this area over the years due to all the coal mining, and some lovely lakes have formed. Some small sailing boats were being blown along on one of them and there were lots of bird nests in another.
We had the roof down for the journey and just made our destination for the day when the rain started spitting at us. Luckily it was very light and we managed to get the roof back up before it got too heavy.
We're moored in a basin between 2 old locks - the locks have been removed due to the fluctuating levels of the water due to the aforesaid subsidence.