Friday, 26 June 2009
Canal in Saltaire
Just in case you were thinking it's dreadfully urban here, take a look at this. This photo is taken immediately behind Saltaire URC and beside the Mills. It's the Leeds-Liverpool canal, one of the reasons Sir Titus Salt chose this location for his 'model' village, since the alpaca wool was brought by barge from Liverpool.
I love having the canal so close by. There are some beautiful (and easy) walks along the towpath, and lots of interesting things to see, especially in the summer when there are often narrowboats chugging up and down. The water, green space and gentle pace of life on the canal is so calming, a wonderful counterpoint to the busyness of urban life. I like to imagine Victorian ladies in their long skirts, taking a stroll and enjoying much the same views as I can see.