Sunday, 26 September 2010
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).