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Out of Liverpool: Walking to Leeds Section 2

leeds-liverpool-2-65On the bus from the centre of town then, back to where we left off at Wally’s Steps for the second section of our walk from here to there along the whole of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. 127 miles to Leeds with 119 to go. Today we’ll cover the 8 miles from Aintree to Downholland Cross.leeds-liverpool-2-1 leeds-liverpool-2-2 leeds-liverpool-2-3Quality graffiti here. So today will we be Riders on the Storm who will Break on Through to the Other Side? Well.

Sarah has a new jacket.

Sarah has a new jacket.

It’s a ‘paramo’ thing and apparently ‘jacket’ is hardly the word for something that will prove to keep her warm, keep her dry, keep her cool, keep her ventilated and be her best friend when other humans, me, aren’t quite up to the mark. It’s a miracle. And you can keep canal maps in the front. Continue reading

When the racing cars came to Liverpool

You could hear them from the street where we lived. The high pitched whines as they braked, cornered and accelerated. The racing cars, practising at Aintree. Just three miles away across the fields. We so wanted to go. And good enough, our Dad took us.

He’d been more of a bikes fan, going to TT races in the Isle of Man in the years before we’d arrived. And he did take us to some bike races at Aintree too. But it was the cars we really loved.

Grand Prix at Aintree, Liverpool.

Grand Prix at Aintree, Liverpool.

Yes, it all seems a world away now. But in the 50s and early 60s Aintree would stage the British Grand Prix and other Formula One races as often as Silverstone. Continue reading