Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hirst Weir

 
We've stopped at this spot - Hirst Weir, just outside Saltaire - before (see 4 December) but it looks much more benign on a summer's day, and the water level is currently not that high. Nevertheless the River Aire still rushes over the weir. There was once a corn mill here, dating back to the 17th century, and power was supplied by a water wheel. The mill was rebuilt in the 19th century and became a paper mill. It is now a private residence.

Talking of water, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal has been reopened again after being closed for nearly two months due to low water levels (see
here and here).

14 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful shot and, yes, much more gentle than in December!

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  2. Beautiful site jenny.
    Great photograph.
    Have a great week.
    Costas

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  3. It looks like in December there was much more water over the weir. Do narrow boats get as close to the weir as your picture?

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  4. Quite a contrast to the December post. Lovely shot.

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  5. Wow! What a difference! This looks so peaceful...

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  6. Love,y shot the way the water swirls your eye into the picture.

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  7. A lovely scene! How nice to live so close to the sound of water.

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  8. Love that pic, thanks for sharing

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  9. Thanks for all your lovely comments - on this and other posts. I do appreciate hearing from you all.

    Bill - you wouldn't generally find a narrow boat on the River Aire. They are on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which at this spot runs almost parallel to the river (and the railway) through the valley bottom. But the local rowing club has its clubhouse on the river at this spot and they must have to be careful to keep their canoes the right distance away from the weir, as the current is quite strong here.

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  10. What a beautiful scene. I think it would be awesome to live there.

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  11. Everything still looks so green there, we're having subtle color changes here already. Nice spot on a calm summer day, scary during December! ~Lili

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  12. This is such a beautiful spot! Love all the rocks in the water.

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