Thursday, 9 December 2010

Skipton Canal basin


I think I've mentioned before that the Leeds-Liverpool Canal has a branch off it, in the centre of Skipton.  Called the Springs Branch, it was built in 1797 to transport lime from quarries.  Now it's a sleepy but pretty little backwater.  Where it joins the main canal it provides a spacious basin, where boats can turn.  It's always a busy spot and has a boat shop and chandlery where people can pick up supplies.  Several of the boats moored there were obviously in use and had stoves going full blast.  I like the way the smoke from their chimneys caught the low sunshine.  The Cray is one of Pennine Cruisers' hire boats, and the small boat behind that is, I think, Leo - the one that does short pleasure cruises up the branch behind Skipton Castle.  Beyond that is one of the big barges that were the original working boats on this canal.

12 comments:

  1. how very interesting - I love seeing old barge boats and yes you're right the smoke adds to the photo. We have a few house/barge boats where I live - a reminder, too, that the River Roding was once a busy trade route. Take care, Judyx

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  2. Ditto on the smoke... lovely shot.

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  3. Beautiful photo. I can't get enough of those boats.

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  4. A very busy looking place! The birds seem busy too. They must be looking for food.

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  5. The eastern US used such canals for transport prior to the railroad but here in the west we don't have any. I don't think the ones in the east are in use anymore, even for tourism. Maybe that is why seeing Europe by barge is so popular with Americans.

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  6. That is a seriously fantastic shot!
    I love those boats!

    B xx

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  7. Now that is interesting! love the limestone homes and buildings, too...and those ducks right in the middle of it all!

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  8. Oh now that's looking cold. Very pretty scene, but you wouldn't see me wanting a boat ride in this weather! ~Lili

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  9. What a beautiful shot on a clear crisp day :)

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  10. Great picture in Winter. I did a short post from this point back in June.. thanks for the memories.

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  11. A wonderful winter scene! Hugs from Luzia.

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