One last day trip from home before we do the rest of our canal walk from stops along the way. (Yes, I know we said last week’s was the last day trip. but we couldn’t resist another.)
Early on, our walks all used local public transport to get to and from each walk. But since we got beyond the reach of local Liverpool transport we’ve done what we do today.
At the local Sundays-only train station it’s almost an hour ’til the next train into Blackburn, where we ended our walk last weekend.
And, three and a half hours after leaving home – much of it caused by a long delay on the M62…
So you see why we’ll be doing the rest of our trip from local bases! Anyway, let’s go.
This leaving of Blackburn section of the canal mainly enlivened by the high summer growth of wild flowers. Great and rosebay willow herb, vetch, Indian balsam and the rest.
Along this section of the canal we are accompanied by pylons, which always remind me of ‘Pylons’ the poem by Stephen Spender from ‘This Day and Age.’ My O-level poetry book:
“Now over these small hills, they have built the concrete
That trails black wire
Pylons, those pillars
Bare like nude giant girls that have no secret.”
Sarah’s been doing her usual meticulous research.
(Thereby, of course, taking the work away from weavers in India and Egypt.)
But before that, an engineering marvel.
The canal of course was already here. So how was this done? Well it turns out the canal was first enclosed in its aqueduct, with the hill still in place beneath it.
Amazing. And notice all the mill chimneys on the picture? Long gone now.
Dire warnings along the tow path about ‘leaving the area’ should an alarm go off. Not easily done of course.
And when we resume our walk to Leeds in a couple of weeks it will now involve booking places along the way. The day trips are over!
Sarah’s map of today’s route.
See all of our walks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal here.