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.