Monday, 12 February 2018
'The path less travelled' (see Thursday), just like the path I more often take, can be walked 'out' along the canal and 'back' along the river. It isn't very pretty in either direction but it is quite interesting. The path back along the riverbank squeezes round the back of the Victoria Mills complex of redeveloped mill buildings and new-build flats.
It is the route of the Aire Sculpture Trail, so every now and again you come across a cartoonish animal, like this rather sad-looking dog. The sculptures enliven the walk, as does keeping an eye out for the kingfisher that lives along this stretch of water. I've only ever glimpsed it once. Unfortunately, the route is all a bit litter-strewn, which appears to be a consequence of the floods of a couple of years ago overlaid by rubbish dropped more recently, possibly by dog-walkers or by the school and college students who use it as a shortcut. I do wish folks would take their litter home with them!