|Coming up Bank Newton with fine distant views|
Our 'northern daughter' joined us at Skipton for a few days' boating – little did she know she was in for some hefty lockwork and a few strongarm swingbridges as well to get us up from Skipton to where we are now. Tee hee!
|They told me it would be a relaxing break|
This morning we set off up the remaining Gargrave locks, unfortunately still trailing the same slowcoach CRT workboat we'd followed yesterday. Seemingly it was headed for the top of the next flight, the six Bank Newton locks where the top lock's ground paddles needed repair. Accompanied by half the CRT workforce, by the look of things. We had three driving the workboat, then three more come to do the actual work and a couple of manager types as well to do whatever manager types do. And, let's just say, nothing seemed to be happening at a rush.
The view from the Bank Newton locks is superb, looking out at Flasby Fell in the distance. Just three weeks ago we went walking up there on a hike out from Skipton.
We were followed along the locks by a young family walking the towpath: mum, dad, infant and toddler in pushchair. Eventually, when we moored they caught up with us. Seems they live in Bradford and come out every month or so to walk a new stretch of the canal - they started in Leeds and aim to walk the whole way to Liverpool! Hopefully they'll manage it before their six year old starts saying 'do we have to?'.
|We are on the Pennine Way once again|