Sunday, 18 March 2012

Canal walk March 18

Canal walk March 18                        
The usual gang of four, Sue, Linda, Tracy and myself, met up at Marsden station for the latest leg of our canal walk on the South Pennine ring. The weather was bright but cool; ideal for walking. We set off along the Huddersfield Narrow canal through Slaithwaite (I’m still struggling to pronounce the name correctly) and on to Huddersfield.
The Huddersfield Narrow canal is one of the wonders of the modern waterways; the canal was abandoned in the 1960s and built over in many places; restoration was considered ‘impossible’. However, thanks to various funding and herculean voluntary efforts, the canal was restored in the early years of the millennium. However, in parts of Huddersfield the canal runs in tunnels and we had to take to the streets to reach Aspley basin at the junction with the Huddersfield Broad canal.
We had lunch at the well appointed pub at the marina before continuing towards Brighouse  alongside acres of playing fields which were busy with various footie matches, including an all women’s game, the blues had just scored, hooray!
At Coopers Bridge, we joined the Calder & Hebble Navigation and walked on through pleasant countryside to Brighouse. We decided to reward ourselves with a well earned beer; unfortunately my recollections of the whereabouts of the local Wetherspoons proved unreliable and we proceeded off in completely the wrong direction. We did eventually find our way to the pub, a converted chapel, decked out as if for a wedding, and doing a good trade.
We caught the bus back to Huddersfield and thence by train home.
This was a pleasant walk in good company and favourable weather through varied and interesting countryside. And thanks to Sue for the Xmas cake, very yummy if not exactly seasonal.

John H

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