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Pictures from the area - Manchester

Pictures from the area - Manchester
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Wigan

Wigan, en spændende by med en stolt industriel fortid, findes et stykke vest for Manchester. Wigan har i lang tid været kendt som et kulmine-område. Den første mine blev grundlagt i 1450, og i storhedstiden var her 1000 miner indenfor en 5 kilometers radius af Wigans bymidte. I løbet af den industrielle revolution, resulterede Wigans formidable netværk af kanaler i et dramatisk økonomisk boom og derved en stor stigning i befolkningstallet. En af byens mest kendte lokationer er Wigan Pier, som er et vigtigt stop for handel på Leeds-Liverpool kanalen, der blev udødeliggjort af George Orwell i bogen ”The Road to Wigan Pier”. Bogen fokuserede især på de forfærdelige arbejds-og leveforhold for de, som arbejdede i kulminer i 1930´erne. Wigan Pier kan stadig besøges i dag. Idag er kulminerne væk og i løbet af de sidste par år er store områder, der tidligere bar præg af minedriften, blevet renset og forvandlet til moderne bebyggelser. Byen er derudover idag fyldt med smukke grønne områder.  Du skal endelig ikke tro at Wigan er en grå industriby – tværtimod er her blevet gjort en stor indsats for at modernisere byens udtryk – og her findes mange spændende attraktioner. Eksempler på attraktioner kunne være: Haydock Park Racecourse – Tag et par timer på væddeløbsbanen. Turnpike Gallery – Galleriet specialiserer sig i nutidig kunst fra hele verden. Trencherfield Mill Engine – Se en af de største damp-motorer, der nogensinde har drevet en mølle. Astley Green Colliery Museum - Besøg områdets sidste tilbageværende kulmine-struktur.
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Barton Swing Aqueduct

The 7 wonders of ancient times have inspired many a collection of wonders. The British waterways are no exception. Amongst the exceptional engineering achievements that make up the list you’ll find the Barton Swing Aqueduct. This aqueduct is the only turning aqueduct in the entire world. It leads the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. This masterpiece was conceived by Sir Edward Leader Williams and opened way back in 1894. It has enabled the smaller narrowboats travelling on the Bridgewater Canal to cross the big canal that connects the metropolis of Manchester to the ocean. It is definitely a must to sail across the aqueduct when going on a boating holiday in the Manchester area.  
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The Standedge Tunnel

One of the unique experiences of a boating holiday in the United Kingdom is to sail through some of the many canal tunnels taking you under the hilly British landscape. The oldest and longest of these tunnels is the Standedge Tunnel which runs for almost 5 km between Marsden and Diggle in Northern England. As one of the 7 wonders of the British waterways it is a very special experience when the ground opens and sort of swallows your boat. This leads to trip through the undergrounds of the hills down to almost 200 m beneath the surface before the tunnel spits both the boat and crew out under the blue sky again 5 km later. It took almost 17 years to build the tunnel before it was finished in 1811. It was in operation until 1944 where it closed due to decay. In the beginning of this millennium it was restored and opened for tourists to sail through. Please note that you must book your passage through the tunnel in advance.
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Stoke-on-Trent

By the river Trent you’ll find the city of Stoke. Or should we say cities of Stoke. Because back in 1910 the cities of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton entered a union under the name Stoke. The population of the city grew spectacularly during the industrialization where ceramics was the main industry in the city. Actually, the city was the main centre of the ceramics industry in Britain. A history that still lives on amongst the citizens who are also known as “Potters”. In the six boroughs you will find many museums dedicated to the history of ceramics. You can also take a stroll through some of the many elaborate parks and gardens. Stoke is also a great city for indoor activities if the weather forecast brings rain during your boating holiday. Maybe you would like try making your own ceramics?
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Anderton Boat Lift

Having raised and lowered boats between the river Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal since 1875, the Anderton Boat Lift is also known the Cathedral of the Canals. This extraordinary structure is one of the 7 wonders of the British waterways. Just like Barton Swing Aqueduct the idea for the Anderton Boat Lift was conceived by Sir Edward Leader Williams. The lift was in operation for more than a hundred years until 1983 where a maintenance crew found so much corrosion that the lift had to close. It stayed closed until 2002 where a comprehensive restoration project was completed. This included switching the lifting system from cable to hydraulics. Anderton Boat Lift is easily accessible from the base in Anderton and it is definitely worth sailing past this amazing structure.
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Anderton (ABC Boat Hire)

ABC Boat Hire - This is one of the most northernly of our English bases with access to Cheshire, the remote and beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Trent and Mersey. A local feature is the nearby Anderton Boat Lift and there is an on-site licensed restaurant, The Moorings.
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Acton Bridge (Black Prince)

Black Prince base - Located near Northwich, Acton Bridge is a fantastic starting point for exploring multiple interesting routes.
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The Peak District (Black Prince)

Black Prince port - Located on the newly developed National Garden Festival Site, is this one of the most popular Black Prince start-bases. On the location, you will find an exciting Waterworld with different activities that you can try even before you start your boat vacation. 
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