Wigan Pier

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Planning your visit

Address: Wigan Pier, Wallgate, Wigan, WN3 4EU View on Google map

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Wigan Pier sits on the superlative Leeds & Liverpool Canal. It combines a beautiful natural setting with urban canal history, making it the perfect place to discover your local waterway.

Stop by our office at Trencherfield Mill just on the junction woth the Leigh Branch for copies of our visitor activity sheet and other local canalside information.

Then stroll down the towpath to the Wigan Flashes, the canal is a great place to relax and enjoy the wildlife, with a mass of unusual birds and insects to look out for. Take a peaceful boat trip or unwind in one of the pubs and cafés, and admire the local history.

Keep count of how many of the 21 locks you pass on the main Leeds & Liverpool Canal main line and look out for the famous Wigan pier as we work with the local council and other groups to bring it back to life.

Things to do and see in Wigan

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There are benches dotted along the canal


  • Walking routes in both directions along the canal from Wigan Pier

Wildlife spotting:

The neighbouring Wigan Flashes are home to around 200 species of bird and 15 species of dragonfly. Odds on that you'll see warblers, common terns and even the illusive Bittern.

Getting here

By car - pay & display parking along Wallgate

By boat - with a number of boating facilities along this stretch, you may be surprised to learn you can book our dry dock at Wigan?

By train - both Wigan North Western and Wallgate stations are within a a 10 minute stroll to the canal

Local events