Identifying my bit of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal
What I want to do here is to introduce you to what I consider to be my stretch of the canal. I've broken into three sections that altogether is probably about two miles in length.
|5 Rise Locks at Bingley West Yorkshire|
Photography by annmackiemiller
|field at 5 rise locks|
|Barges moored along the first stretch of canal|
|Mute swan called the boat yard home|
|Open air cooking at the Airedale Canal Club|
|Greenhill and our Embden geese|
That brings us to a swing bridge across the canal at
|Swing Bridge at Micklethwaite Wharf|
Close by the north bank is the old bridge house then an old mill which has been converted to flats. Out on decks and patios lucky owners sit and watch life on the canal. The geese often provide grass cropping services though I'm not sure how welcome that is to some.
|Canada Geese provide grass cropping services for the mill flats|
Older houses run along the south, but the ground slopes down away from the canal and they are not intrusive. Then, reed beds with yellow irises contentedly rooted in the water. Along the edges of the path are high hedgerows and trees, home to a multitude of said flitting birds, and that brings us all the way to the next swing bridge at Lingfield Wharf. It is about a mile long, certainly not more than two, yet this small space represents a complete universe.
|Beyond the swing bridge|
|Smudge the duck likes the water lilies|