It’s at times like this I wonder why on earth we put ourselves under pressure to blog regularly about our journeys on the Inland Waterways of UK. This year, despite making a conscious choice to let go of trading at festivals (though we may do a few in September), our itinerary is chocka-block. We never intended it to be this way – and we’re not complaining. We have an extraordinary amount of events to be at and family and friends coming to stay, and it simply makes it rather more challenging to sit and write, and edit, and publish.
However … We’re aware a great many people read this blog. We also know a fair few have been, and continue to be, so inspired by our stories that it helps them make changes in their life. We had such a comment left on our last post (see in the comments at the end), which spurred us on with renewed energy and enthusiasm. And we also know how much we love reflecting back on places we’ve been, people we’ve seen, and adventures we’ve had. We frequently dip back into our ‘NB Northern Pride‘ blog from 2009 to 2014, and suspect that in our dotage, we’ll be fondly remembering and reminiscing on all the amazing memories from these years of travel.
So dear reader, we’re doing the best we can to maintain our record, so please bear with us as we’re rather behind and we’ve a zillion things on that are reducing our capacity to post. What I’m going to start doing for a while is a paragraph at the end of each post, which tells you where we are in ‘real time’ (Barry keeps this up to date on The Home Brew Boat website too).
Another delightful journey on the Leeds Liverpool Canal
Skipton was a place we wanted to explore further than we did on our overnight stay in 2009.
We arrived on Friday 20th April, almost three weeks ago now, and managed to stretch our stay to three nights and days, experiencing a few marvels whilst there worthy of a couple of posts!
The journey to Skipton was spectacular, including a two-night stay in the countryside en route, sitting still for a day to catch up on many things on the ‘to action’ list, and relish the rare sunshine …
Where are we in real time?
Yesterday we did the 21 Wigan Locks (managing to descend before the heavens opened!), after a wonderful bank holiday weekend with our eldest grandson on board travelling from Withnell Fold to Haigh Hall Country Park (omg, the place is outstanding!). I’m off on trains today to Lichfield, then London tomorrow for a couple of days, with my three sisters for my eldest sister’s 60th birthday bash.
15 thoughts on “Farnhill to Skipton”
Just seen your boat in Parbold, just beyond us
We’re around until Monday or so
Could be we will miss you?
We’ll see you tomorrow night if you’re still around?
Chris, can you email us via our contact page please?
I’m not good with technology!
No lol! But that’s ok. We’ll knock later if we get chance 😉
Fabulous account Sandra and Barry, well worth the effort
Enjoy your time off with the sisters (I’m one of three)
Ah thanks Chris. Hope to see you soon!
Memories! Six of us picked up a narrowboat in Skipton in 1981 and I reckon it was from that yard in the photo! The women wanted to watch the royal wedding on a crappy portable tv on the boat, the men went to the pub…and it was on a colour tv there, with no one watching!
Hi Phil. That’s a great story!I loved watching that Royal wedding, brilliant that the boys got to see it in colour – and no mobile phones int hose days to call the women and let them know aye? 😉
Absolutely! They were somewhat miffed to learn that they could have come with us and seen it on a big screen. We had to set off at 7.30am to cruise to a place that had TV reception for them to watch it!! We also have fond memories of ‘Locky’ the lock keeper on the Bingley 5 rise racing around opening and closing paddles in a whirr and a blur!
Gosh the lockkeepers take it much more cautiously nowadays, definitely no rushing. 😉
He was a young guy, skinny, fit as a fiddle and here, there and everywhere in the blink of an eye!
Wasn’t Barry Whitelock then he was pretty efficient and ran the 5- and 3-rise with military precision back in the day
What stunning photos – a canal for us to explore one day. Jennie nb Tentatrice
He’s rather clever isn’t he? This has to be one of our favourite canals, absolutely awesome. Hope you make it one day 😉