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13 - Liverpool Docks to Burscough Bridge. Liverpool Docks, Stanley Dock Branch of Leeds and Liverpool Canal and Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Wednesday 2nd July 2003

The BW passage up Stanley Docks Branch Locks and out of Liverpool was booked at 08:30, so we went up to the bottom of the flight at 08:00. The dock was infested with jellyfish and many mussels clung to the changeable water level. After a wander into the small Eldonian Basin we arrived back to find the locky team preparing the locks. No problem with the locks and at 09:20 we were at the top and told to begin our "fast as we liked" passage out of Liverpool. 
The water is actually pretty deep, but due to disuse there is much blanket weed and sporadic large patches of Water Buttercup, which covers the whole canal. No real problem and only three trips down the weed hatch. The first of the swing bridges is not until Netherton. The BW crew were there WELL in advance and commented what a quick exit we had made. As last time we were here, the BW crew were ready and waiting at each swing bridge and we past out of the last assisted one (Bell's Swing Bridge No 16 at Maghull) at 13:00, a respectable 3 hours 40 minutes, some 10 minutes down on our last passage from Liverpool in 1997.
A pleasant run out of the rest of the Liverpool section, arriving at Burscough Bridge at 16:10. A rather involved boat was wash then undertaken, to remove all the nasty salty stains. Having emptied the water tank with a washing run, we also had another 45 minutes on the water point to fill up. Eventually we winded in the entrance to the Rufford Branch, then reversed back to the couple of free Visitor Moorings, trying not to disturb a little old fisherman, fishing from the "No Fishing" sign.
That night it was a quick walk down two locks of the Rufford Branch to the VERY excellent "Ship Inn". Timmy Taylor's Landlord was on form and VERY good local steaks. Peter and Neil chose the Stilton Cheese melt variety - excellent.


Cast off and ready to leave from our overnight mooring in Collingwood Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Heading towards Stanley Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Entering Stanley Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Passing through Stanley Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Stanley Dock Warehouse. Liverpool Docks.


The bascule bridge at the entrance to Stanley Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Stanley Dock Warehouse. Liverpool Docks.


The start of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Stanley Dock Branch.


Stanley Dock. Liverpool Docks.


Exiting Stanley Dock, under Great Howard Street Bridge.


Looking back at Stanley Dock.


Great Howard Street Bridge. Notice the mussels and seaweed growing on the walls.


Stanley Dock Branch bottom lock. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Second lock of the Stanley Dock Branch lock.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Second lock of the Stanley Dock Branch lock.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Third lock of the Stanley Dock Branch lock.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Second lock of the Stanley Dock Branch lock, top lock above.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Top lock of the Stanley Dock Branch.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Top lock of the Stanley Dock Branch.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Leaving the top lock of the Stanley Dock Branch.


The removed towpath bridge is now a pipe bridge. Entrance to the Stanley Dock Branch. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Entrance to the Stanley Dock Branch. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Eldonian Basin, the cut back terminus of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Liverpool.


Looking back from Eldonian Basin. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Eldonian Basin. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bridge No C. Entrance to Stanley Dock Branch in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking up from Bridge No C. Entrance to Stanley Dock Branch to the left. Barmouth Way Bridge No D in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Barmouth Way Bridge No D. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Boundary Bridge Bridge No E. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Sandhills Lane Bridge No F. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Sandhills Lane Bridge No F. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking up at Railway Bridge No H from Sandhills Lane Bridge No F. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Railway Bridge No H. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bankhall Street Bridge No I. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Ceres Street Footbridge No K. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bedford Street Footbridge No L. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Millers Bridge No M. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Irlam Road Bridge No O. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Wharf Inn at Irlam Road Bridge No O. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Railway Bridge and Carolina Street Changeline Bridge No 1. Washington Parade Bridge No 2 in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Old Wharf - New development, just beyond Carolina Street Changeline Bridge No 1. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at the Railway Bridge and Carolina Street Changeline Bridge No 1. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Stanley Road Bridge No 2A. Another Changeline towpath bridge built into this. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Litherland Road Bridge No 2B. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking up at Bridge No 2D and 2E from Marsh Lane Bridge No 2C. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leaving Linacre Bridge No 2E. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Railway Bridge No 2H. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Approaching the Litherland Bridges. Small BW yard to the right. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Church Road Litherland Bridges No 2J. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back from Litherland Bridges No 2J at the BW depot. The narrows used to be the notorious Litherland lift bridge. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Click here for a link to a picture of the old bridge


looking back at Litherland Bridges No 2J. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Footbridge No 3. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Footbridge No 3A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Footbridge No 4. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Footbridge No 4. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Gorsey Lane Bridge No 4A. Footbridge No 3. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Swifts Bridge No 5. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Fleetwood's Bridge No 5A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Netherton Swing Bridge No 6. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Copy Bridge No 7. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Dunning's Bridge No 7A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Railway Bridge No 7C and Old Roan Bridge No 7D. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Along side Aintree Racecourse. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Blue Anchor Bridge No 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Blue Anchor Bridge No 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Hancock's Swing Bridge No 9. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Aqueduct over River Alt. M 57 bridge in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


M 57 bridge. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Ledson's Bridge No 9C. Waddicar. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Waddicar. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Holmes Swing Bridge. Waddicar. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Holmes Swing Bridge. Waddicar. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Melling. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Melling Stone Bridge No 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


M 58 Bridge Maghull. The first narrow boat we saw this side of  Liverpool! Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Railway Bridge 11A. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Drapers Footbridge No 11A. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Maghull Hall Swing Bridge No 12. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Northway Bridge No 12A. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Red Lion Bridge No 13. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Shaw's Swing Bridge No 14. Westway Bridge No 14A in the distance. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Methodist Swing Bridge No 15. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Methodist Swing Bridge No 15. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Methodist Swing Bridge No 15. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Pretty canal side garden in Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bell's Swing Bridge No 16. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Running Horses Pub in Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leaving Bell's Swing Bridge No 16 and the end of the BW assisted passage out of Liverpool. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bell's Swing Bridge No 16. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Dicconson's Bridge No 17. Lydiate. Mersey Motor Boat Club mooring on offside. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Lollies Bridge No 17A Lydiate. Maghull. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Lydiate Hill Bridge No 18. Lydiate. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Coxhead's Swing Bridge No 20. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Downholland Cross Bridge No 20A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Downholland Hall Swing Bridge No 21. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Haskayne Bridge No 21A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Ship Inn at Ship Bridge No 22. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Ship Bridge No 22. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Harkers Bridge No 23. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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Halsall Hill Bridge No 24. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Halsall Warehouse Bridge No 25. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Saracens Head at Halsall Warehouse Bridge No 25. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Scarisbrick Bridge No 27A. The Red Lion caravan centre does diesel and gas. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Mersey Motor Boat Club house and moorings at Scarisbrick Bridge. Harkers Bridge No 23. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Mersey Motor Boat Club moorings at Scarisbrick Bridge. Harkers Bridge No 23. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Heatons Bridge pub at Heatons Bridge No 28. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Martin Lane Bridge No 29. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Great Score Swing Bridge No 30. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Short Boat "Ribble". Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


New Lane Swing Bridge No 31. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


New Lane. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The jacking wedge mechanism to take pressure of the pintail. New Lane Swing Bridge No 31. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


New Lane Swing Bridge No 31. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The Farmers Arms at New Lane Swing Bridge No 31. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leaving New Lane Swing Bridge No 31. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Crabtree Swing Bridge No 32 and the Lathom Slipway pub. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Crabtree Swing Bridge No 32 and the Lathom Slipway pub. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Burscough Bridge No 32A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Burscough Bridge No 32A. Water point and sanitary station just beyond the bridge. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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Railway Bridge No 32B. Burscough Bridge. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Rufford Junction. The Rufford Branch carries on down to the tidal River Douglas under the bridge. Burscough Bridge. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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