|Rural charms of the Calder & Hebble|
I will translate into English! We have spent the day working our way along the Calder & Hebble. We've been here before, five years ago but in the opposite direction when we came from Huddersfield. So we should know it but we don't! It all seems so incomprehensibly unfamiliar: it's a known unknown – I think. Maybe it's because we were heading east not west; maybe because we were with another boat. Who knows.
But it made today feel more special; it all felt new and I don't think we will forget it again. The C&H might have its roots in commerce and industry but now it is a delightfully countrified route, threading between canal and river stretches via a steady string of locks and flood locks. Though civilisation by way of towns and industry lurks close at times it only touches the canal occasionally – and one of those times is by our favourite supermarket, Lidl!
|A double dose of the heavyweight locks at Dewsbury|
Finally, after Cooper Bridge Lock – where a ferocious doberman on a worryingly thin chain outside the nearby lock cottage kept up a scary level of barking throughout – we went on through the next flood lock and beyond the point at which we had previously joined the C&H from the Huddersfield canals.
|A typical C&H lock – with that vegetation it will soon become a SSSI|
|Evidence of its commercial past being slowly reclaimed by nature|
|But the past is remembered in canalside sculptures at Mirfield|
|Not just a ropey lock but a collapsed landing stage at Battyeford|