22 Miles, 28 Locks, 21
Totals: 1277 Miles, 986 Locks, 39 Tunnels, 18
We have moved a bit further these first few days than we had originally intended but the result is that we arrived in Leeds on Friday – we have teamed up with Anne and John on nb Tumba Rumba to get through the swing bridges and the locks travelling into
|East Riddleston Hall|
One of the real "highlights" of the Leeds and Liverpool is the charming environment in which you find so many of the many swing bridges - after a while they do tend to lose their appeal - especially when they need the help of passsers-by to open them - Diane had to engage two young lads to help her - at least that's what she told me.
Just when we had got through what seemed like the 1000th swing bridge (figures show otherwise) we found ourselves looking over the valley and a set of lock gates - luckily we couldn't see the other 5 lock gates going down which constituted the Bingley Five Rise
|Yet another swing bridge to start the descent - entering the top|
lock at Bingley
|one very wet lockster - so wet the pants have already shrunk|
|Despite the rain - Bingley Five Rise is a very impressive|
After the Five Rise there was the Three Rise but couldn't see a One Rise (oops that is just a single lock).
We took a bit of time out to moor up at Saltaire - A World Heritage Site - the efforts of Titus Salt in the mid1850's to make the lives of his workers a bit better have shown in the buildings and environment which are his legacy to a time and place long ago
|The church of Titus Salt|
|Some of the houses built for workers and overseers|
|The mills as they stand today - the exteriors as they would have |
been 160 years ago
We spent about 3 hours wandering the streets and buildings of Saltaire and finding out about more of the history of the area - like many areas of the industrial north, jobs and markets were lost when the first effects of global trade on a grander scale made it's mark England.
|Yet another 3-lock staircase on this section of the canal|
|Diane and John (nb Tumba Rumba) in another lock|
|The remains of Kirkstall Abbey in the midst of the fields|
|Do you like my new hat?|
Arriving into Leeds was a bit like a few other cities we have been into, but most like going into Manchester - both have relatively rubbish-free waterways - and good moorings in the centre of town. We found a mooring spot with power and water; managed to reverse into the spot almost perfectly (with spectators - a win for us); and then set about doing our tourist bit.
|The renovated interior of the Corn Exchange - wouldn't have looked |
like this 100 years ago
|Leeds Council have set aside many parks around the city - just like this one|
|The town hall|
|We certainly have come a long way|
|These two chimneys have been modelled along the lines of towers|
found in Italy - Flornece and Genoa
|Leeds waterfront in the morning|
|A change for the management|
|Enjoying the Olympics in the Millenium Sqaure|
just before the heavens opened and managed to
clear the area
|Madam le Pompadour with woollen wig - a reminder of one of|
the products which helped to build Leeds
|The Doctor Who exhibit in the Leeds museum|
We had become ready for some of the downpours along the way, but the rain that came down on Saturday evening was one of the biggest we had seen; the water rose up and up and up - so much so that the boat in the next finger mooring had its bottom almost on the stone edging of the mooring; due to the sloping nature of the walkway between we remained quite safe - but it was a lot of water falling and staying around - but like other times it managed to disappear in an hour or so
The river level however did rise significantly over the night as the water flowed in from other parts - it didn't make it to the yellow section on the indicators but was not far below - we spent Sunday engaged in markets and watching the water levels in aticipation of our Monday journey onto the river.