I’ve always had a thing for canals -Locks and narrow boats in particular. I remember being a child and coming across a lock when on holiday. For some reason, we ended up doing all the hard work, winding and unwinding for what seemed like hours until the narrow boat could pass and continue on its journey. I loved that sense of getting strangers who just happened to be walking past involved. (I’ve since found out that the average time it takes to get through a lock is 30 minutes so it was highly unlikely to have been hours).
A couple of weekends ago, I was invited, along with some fellow bloggers and their families, on a day out along the Leeds/Liverpool canal at Bingley. I’ve never been to Bingley before but headed along with Violet & Tara after dropping Millie at synchro training on the other side of Leeds. The team at Wynsors had organised a day of walking and exploring the local area as part of their #WalkwithWynsors campaign. All about getting outdoors and enjoying the summer time – Wynsors have teamed up with Regatta and Merrell to expand their ‘Outdoor’ range.
So outdoors it was and the Great British Summer Time did what it knows best – the heavens opened! We were soaked but we are hardly fellows up North and
bucket loads a little rain wasn’t going to stop us! We were joined by local tour guides, Cedric from Bingley Walkers and a representative from the Canal & River Trust who pointed out key points along the way. I liked knowing that there are trackers by the locks to monitor how many people are using the canals. Have a look out for them if you wander down a canal and wave your hand in front.
There are 2 main locks in the stretch of canal that we walked along = the 3 Rise Locks and the very spectacular, 5 Rise Locks. We waited around for a canal boat to come along but sadly there were none. I won’t bore you with more details of the locks if you are not as obsessed as I am but more information can be found here
The scenery around is spectacular – even on such a cloudy, wet day – You can see for miles around. We are so lucky to have countryside like this within an hour of where we live. The kids were provided with little activity packs and snacks to keep them going – Tara wasn’t too keen on the idea of searching for bugs but rather enjoyed feeding the ducks with oats. I’ve got a feeling those ducks had quite a good day that day!
Violet was in her element stroking every dog she came across and making friends with all of their owners – The girls are still talking about the couple with the chihuahua!
Happily the sun made a brief appearance after a while, and we could enjoy the walk back into Bingley where we were fed and watered at The Potting Shed in Bingley. It was lovely to catch up with fellow bloggers, Jennifer from My Mummies Pennies and Karen from That Lancashire Lass.
Many thanks to Wynsors for a fantastic wet day along the canal – We had a great time. We finished mid afternoon and could head back to Leeds to collect Millie from training – We also managed to discover the Walk of Art in Horsforth which you can read about here.