Monday, 31 October 2011
I've mentioned before that there is a lovely walk from Skipton town centre, up along the Springs (or Thanet) Canal, behind the castle and up into Skipton woods. It was especially nice to walk there in the dappled shade on what was quite a hot day. The branch canal, built to load limestone from local quarries to take down to the cities of Leeds and Bradford, is only half a mile long. Beyond that the walk passes between a natural stream known as Eller Beck and a channel that carries water from a mill pond (just visible in the background of my photo), which I think used to power a sawmill and corn mill near Skipton Castle. The woods are alive with birds. I once saw a kingfisher up here - but sadly it wasn't apparent on this recent walk.
Of course, the leaves will now be looking much more golden and autumnal - but let's enjoy that brief 'Indian summer' (only a month ago) while we can!