Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Coal and fish and chips for tea

We just had a short cruise today, to Hebden Bridge. The weather was supposed to turn showery by lunchtime, so we decided to have a light day. As it turned out, it stayed fine and sunny till late afternoon.

It’s very attractive along this stretch as the canal continues to follow the valley of the River Calder. The locks, although heavy, are in good condition.

Brearly Upper Lock.
The framework in the left foreground is to support the top of the gates against the weight of the water when the lock is full. These are quite common on deep locks.

Mytholmroyd is one of the towns that clings to the steep valley sides. I like these mill towns, their dour, no-nonsense appearance generally belies the friendliness of the inhabitants.
And the names roll beautifully off the tongue. Mytholmroyd, Heckmondwyke, Heptonstall…..

Entering Mytholmroyd
I’m not sure about this local, though, spotted on the edge of the town at Broadbottom Lock.
Falling Royd Bridge (another fine name..) has an identity crisis. At over 100 yards long and with a bend in the middle, it’s more a tunnel.

Passing rows of moored boats brought us into Hebden Bridge at 13:30. We moored opposite Bronte Boats hire base, just about in the middle of the town. We’ll only stop overnight, though. It’s a pleasant town, but mooring in built up areas is not our “thing”. We were able to top up with solid fuel from a local coal merchant this afternoon, delivered to the boat. Fish and chips for tea from the chippy and grocery shopping in the morning, so it has it’s compensations.

Moored in Hebden Bridge.
Locks 4, miles 2¾

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