This was a perfect early autumn’s afternoon of walking together for the pleasure of it. Not to get anywhere in particular as Sarah and I have nearly completed our full walking of the Leeds Liverpool Canal now, with just one final stage to go when we feel like it.

So this was kind of how our after all that walks might be. Picking a favourite piece of the canal, walking along it for a few miles, then walking back again. On days like this one.

We chose the section of the canal where it leaves the Liverpool City Region and moves into Lancashire. Starting at the Saracen’s Head in Halsall we walked towards Liverpool for a couple of hours, then turned around and walked back. For no good reason other than just because. And it was wonderful.

Along the way we found this notice from the Canal and River Trust that sums up our feelings of the moment perfectly, and gave me the title for this celebration of ‘A Special Place.’

Life’s Better By Water

Here’s the walk.

Pausing frequently like we do, for the wildflowers.
Boots and acorns
In perfect autumn

The Halsall Cutting is where the whole of the canal started to be cut, in November 1770, by hand.

‘Some sort of dahlia, a garden escape’ Sarah thinks.
The Lancashire Plain, formerly the seabed
Our turning point
Autumn arriving
Harvest gathering
Our walk nearly done
Rose hips
Such a special place

You can read the rest of our Leeds Liverpool Canal walks here.

Published by Ronnie

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