Some posts here on ARoseTintedWorld may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click a link and buy a product or register, then I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. I may also use products from the companies mentioned in these posts. Thank you for supporting my blog!
If you read my post on Monday, you’d have seen some brilliant ideas for free days out in Leeds. But on a lovely day when you want to get out for free, how about a walk? We are lucky, for near us is a really flat place to walk. Which is why we went for a walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
A Walk Along The Leeds Liverpool Canal
The Leeds Liverpool canal is exactly what it says on the tin – a 127 mile long canal linking Leeds and Liverpool in the North of England. Opened in 1774, it served the growing coal, limestone and textile industries of the northern towns and cities on its route. A lot of the mills had railway links to the main canal, and there were also mils built right on the canal side. (Find out more about it’s history here)
It used to be a bustling, busy and dirty place to be, but is now a real haven for wildlife and a lovely place to spend a day. In fact, you can forget you even live in a busy city when down by the canal.
A walk along the Leeds Liverpool canal will take you across the Pennine hills between Yorkshire and Lancashire. And there are a great many locks and tunnels on its route through this hilly terrain. However, we are very close to a very flat part between Leeds and Bradford.
A New Bike
I must admit, we weren’t all walking! This flat part of the canal side route is the perfect place to try out cycling. And recently we bought E her first bicycle, so we decided to go for a walk while she was learning how to ride.
However, the bike was soon forgotten when she shaw some ducks and geese.
And there are lots of different flowers and bugs to discover. We saw lots of ladybirds.
Places to Eat and Things to See
A lot of new things to see have sprung up alongside the canal in response to the increased walkers and cyclists making their way along the old towpaths. On our route today was a small tea-room, several pubs and eateries. And a bird and wildlife sanctuary. A far cry from the soot and diesel of the canal’s working heyday.
There can even be a bit of culture. Under one of the bridges I spotted this sign, which is an ode to all that goes on around the bridge in question. Hidden Britain at its finest.
Why not check out a local canal path near you? You may be surprised at what you find, and it will be a lovely free way to spend a day.
Do pin this post for later.