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Meet Robert, the puller of pints

Robert outside the pub in Wigan

When a boat reaches the top of the Wigan flight of 21 locks, the crew quite often want to come into Kirkless Hall Inn for a long drink!

Robert on Wigan Locks
Pub near Wigan Locks
Wigan Locks

It can get busy in the summer and I've seen eight to ten boats all going up the flight together. Most people are travelling through, so after a rest at the top of the flight they carry on their journey. But a couple of years ago a boat with an Australian crew stopped here for over a month they liked it so much. One winter, when the weather turned suddenly, a London boater got frozen in here. The local community took them supplies every day so they were well looked after though.

Wigan Pier top of the locks

Robert, Wigan Lock Flight, Wigan, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

photo of a location on the canals
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