Walking Through History: Wigan Pier

Walking Through History: Wigan Pier

Series 3



Tony Robinson takes the Road to Wigan Pier in a new series of his yomps through Britain’s historical landscapes. Or rather, he takes the towpath to Wigan Pier as he walks by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, spending three days pondering on its construction, development and its enormous impact on the industries of Lancashire.

Along the way he visits a former jam factory and Aintree racecourse with its famous Canal Turn. The canal’s 127 miles took nearly 50 years to build and its story is one of delays and despair before it finally provided the artery to growing communities.

Robinson ends his journey at Wigan Pier, now a museum, and a symbol of a vanished past.


Tony Robinson embarks on another expedition through some of Britain's most historic landscapes. He begins with a towpath exploration of industrial engineering along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Setting off from Liverpool, he takes a three-day walk inland to Wigan, ending at the town's iconic pier as he traces the story of the waterway's chaotic construction and its impact on the development of Lancashire.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Nick Gillam-Smith
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Producer Nick Gillam-Smith
Series Producer Owen Rodd