Hebden Bridge revisited

We said we’d go back and we did. A short train ride from East Lancashire and a walk from the vintage station, crossing the river, and along by the canal to the wonderful play area (where all I heard were southern accents, not a local one in earshot).P1030895

P1030897P1030898P1030896Then a stroll into the town centre – which seems to have recovered  from the floods. Watched the ducks, which seem to have multiplied since our last visit and  have made one side of the river bank a virtual no-go area with all their excrement, and listened to a busker nearby.

We had a decent lunch, did a bit of shopping, the rain held off and we enjoyed the relaxed vibe before heading back across the border.

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Skipton……….gateway to the Yorkshire Dales (and a cracking farm shop)

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The route of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal

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As it was such a lovely day last Monday I set off to visit Skipton with the primary aim of taking a walk along the Leeds – Liverpool canal as well as photographing all the narrow boats that converge in the basin virtually in the town centre.

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A wrong turning on the outskirts of the town meant I ended up driving towards the town via a circuitous route. Whilst at first this was a bit of a bind it tuned out to be a very fortuitous “wrong turning” as I came across the “Keelham Kitchen”, an out-of-town farm shop (a very big one) selling meat, fruit / vegetables and a particularly wonderful selection of Yorkshire beers.

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Reminders of earlier times

Walking across the car park on a small business park in Burnley, Lancashire, you might observe a couple of alcoves in the brickwork near the Leeds to Liverpool canal.P1030099 P1020070

The keener-eyed among you might also notice a round plaque. It describes the 18c practise of producing lime for use in the canal’s constructionP1030097

The sight was preserved by Sainsbury PLC which used to have a store on this site before relocating elsewhere in the town.

Burnley Canal Festival

SCAN0155This weekend we had the Burnley Canal Festival centred on the Inn on the Wharf.

In addition to a number of pleasure boats or narrow boats there was an old cargo short boat converted to a museum, The Kennet, which used to travel up and down the Leeds to Liverpool canal.DSC00711

 

There was also entertainment for visitors. These ranged from fairground rides, a Punch and Judy showDSC00724 much enjoyed by the children and nostalgic parents, DSC00723to performances by the Burnley Silver Alliance Band.DSC00707

There were food stalls, face painting, craft stalls, and canoes for you to try your skills.

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There was also the opportunity  to travel in a narrow boat up and down the canal for an hour.DSC00725 DSC00727

The weather managed to stay fine and it was a good day out.

The Festival was on for two days and from what I could see as I drove past on the Sunday there were even more boats moored on the canal.

Definitely something for the diary next year.

Canal renovation opens up new vista on old Lancashire town

The Leeds ad Liverpool canal was closed and dredged a couple of years ago in this part of Burnley and the embankment rebuilt.

At the top of it there is a now a fish and chip restaurant and from its car park you can see views of Burnley, Lancashire, previously obscured by the shells of old mill buildings.

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In the first photograph you can see the open air stadium built for concerts etc The canal is out of view just to the left.

In the second photograph you can see a jumble of buildings from Burnley’s industrial past interspersed with some more recent and more colourful buildings. You can also just see the canal towpath at the bottom of the picture.

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The photographs were taken by my enthusiastic 4-year old grandson who grabs my camera whenever he gets the chance.