lights, canal, action!

lights, canal, action!

top lock - a different view of the wigan flight

Nathan Sanders films the Wigan Flight during a walk with his Grandfather, Bob.  They begin their ascent at somewhere between 135 and 210ft above sea level, and an hour later reach 288ft at the top of the flight. Nathan's video is not only informative and visually attractive, but also contains a good amount of humour. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we did.

To view Nathan's video, click image below.

Nathan's video was filmed using an iPhone XS Max in conjunction with the DJI Osmo mobile 4 gimbal.

Readers can learn more about the gimbal Nathan used and other DJI products at this link: (Please note - this is an affilliate's link, so you will get 5% off purchases...)

Incidentally - 
Manchester Evening News Kirkless Industrial Estate FireDuring the video, Nathan mentions a fire at Kirkless Industrial Estate in Wigan, which happened only two or three days after he was filming.

It was a massive blaze, and Nathan has included a link to media coverage of the event. Read Here.


Background information provided by Nathan:

Map of Lock Route (Source, Canal River Trust)

map of locks near Wigan

Elevation, heat and thermal map of the surrounding area of Top Lock.

Wigan Flight map showing elevation above sea level

Wigan Pier (photo courtesy Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society)

Wigan Pier, courtesy Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society

Map of Wigan Locks circa 1875 (Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society)

Map of Wigan Locks circa 1875 courtesy Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society

The canal basin in the centre of Wigan, now known as Wigan Pier, was built by the Douglas Navigation in 1742. The Leeds & Liverpool canal opened from Gathurst to Seven Star Bridges in 1781, joining the old navigation by a 90 degree bend. The canal from Liverpool to Gathurst had opened in 1774. Of the other sections of Canal in Wigan, the locks up to Aspull opened in 1816 and the Leigh Branch in 1821.

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About Nathan Sanders

Nathan Sanders is currently studying Film & Media Studies at Winstanley College in Wigan, and has a real passion for film making. He says he is not that clued up on canals, but sees this as an opportunity to capture activities through fresh eyes, whilst learning and sharing.