Between a fairly busy schedule of hospital visits this week, both on my own account and to visit my sister, we managed to join Heartbeat on a walk this Saturday along the canal at Mirfield. We’ve done this walk many times before and its always enjoyable, especially if the weather is kind.
Setting off at a brisk pace along the towpath, I was struck by these very colourful ropes used to tie this narrowboat up to its moorings.
Across the canal, I spied this willow tree lowering itself into the water, causing some really nice reflections.
As we passed, we spied this well kept horse grazing alone in a field. It probably belongs to the house you can spy behind the field.
Eventually arriving at the Lock and this lovely little Lockkeepers cottage which appears to be lived in and well looked after. I loved the bright orange lifebuoy propped up against the wall outside.
There are usually flowers growing along the canal banks or at the side of the towpath, and this stretch of the canal is no exception.
Here are some more wildflowers displaying lot’s of different colours, even the thistles.
This shot shows our return journey. I took it because of the patterns that were created across the towpath by the trees and the reflections in the water.
Further along the towpath, you arrive at this wall at either side of the canal, which apparently was a bridge for a railway years ago, but is now overgrown with fauna.
Amazingly enough, this was the only narrowboat we saw all day actually moving down the canal. We all gave a cheery greeting as usual.
Here’s my last shot of the canal at Mirfield as we all made our way over the bridge to the car park for our lunch. It’s amazing to think that what has now become a place for recreational boating and yes, in some instances a home, was once the backbone of our industrial transport.
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