We are now safely back on Leo and exploring the canals again after a few days at home for a family reunion. Helen’s brother, Graham, has been with us from Skipton last Monday until today when he left us near Colne to visit other relatives. We’ve enjoyed cruising with Graham and he has learned how to operate the locks and the swing bridges and to appreciate this year’s ‘summer’ weather.
Having a hire car meant that we ‘cheated’ on Tuesday and drove from the marina where we’d left Leo to Malham for a walk in the splendid limestone country. I believe that the walk from Malham up Gordale Scar, across Malham Moor and back down the dry valley to Malham Cove is the finest short walk in the
UK. Added to which Ian’s mother’s ashes were
sprinkled on Malham Cove so we visited her too. Here are a couple of pictures of our walk:
|Helen and Graham climbing Gordale Scar|
We finished our walk with a drink in the Buck in Malham village just as the rain was starting again.
On Wednesday we returned the hire car and set off through Skipton:
|Canal Junction with Springs Branch at Skipton|
We climbed the locks through Gargrave encountering some new paddle gear:
You pull the lever up and this opens the paddle. This is quite hard at first but it becomes easier to move the lever as the difference in water levels reduces and the pressure eases.
On Wednesday evening we moored by an aqueduct over the River Aire.
|A Swollen River Aire seen from the Canal Aqueduct|
As we had Graham as our guest, Ian made his signature dish of Fish Pie.
|Ian's Fish Pie|
|Sharing Locks with Portus|
|The Bends - can you see the canal boat that is coming towards us?|
|Double Bridge at East Marton|
After a night on the summit with lovely views we came through Foulridge Tunnel (almost a mile long) and came to the first downhill locks into
|Barrowford Top Lock|
|Canal Aqueduct over the M65 Motorway|
|Pendle Hill in the distance|