Sunday, 8 July 2018

Gargrave walk 4

Nearing the halfway point of our walk we regained the canal bank, and having almost reached our objective, we stopped to eat our picnic lunch. It was an overcast day (as you can see from my photos) but warm and very humid so we were glad to rest. This was a busy mooring spot beside Williamson Bridge at East Marton. One of the boats was serving ice cream, so I took advantage of a cooling refreshment.

We had come to see the unusual double-arched bridge at East Marton. It was transformed from the original old single arch packhorse bridge when the A59 road was constructed.

Our route back to Gargrave took us along the Pennine way, through fields of sheep and buttercups

and finally back down the hill, with Gargrave's church tower firmly in our sights. It was a walk, as I said, that I'd wanted to do for a long time and we all agreed that it was a most pleasant and picturesque ramble, quite easy but nonetheless rewarding.


  1. Difficult to realize now that fifty years ago there was not one single narrowboat on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The working boats were all broad 14' beam. Traditional working narrow boats on the narrow canals had a beam of 7' but their length of 70' was too long for the 62'x14' Leeds and Liverpool lock chambers.

  2. That bridge is quite distinctive.


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