Guess where we went yesterday….Skipton barges!

Yup. Skipton!
We took our friend Sophie on a boat trip 🙂
We arrived at about 2pm (carefully planned…it was raining everywhere in the North West until 3pm but in Skipton the rain was due to stop at 1pm)
Well anyway we arrived at around 2pm and had 20 mins to wait until the boat, ‘Leo’ arrived. There was a queue of people infront of us and the boat takes 12 but I counted all the folk and it looked like we would fit on until the boat arrived when it transpired that the party of four infront of us was actually a party of six…an old lady and her daughter had been enjoying a cup of tea at the cafe whilst the boat made it’s way back to base. So we … um…missed the boat.

I asked the chap how long he would be and he rather sarcastically told me that a half-hour boat trip lasted half an hour. So I jokingly gave him what for and made him laugh! He was very very grumpy. Ask Sophie, she’ll tell you! Later when we finally got on the boat he said he’d signed on to do a summer season ten years ago and was still doing the job. I made the mistake of pointing out how beautiful the day was…and he reminded me that he’d been rained on all morning!

Anyway I cheered him up eventually and we had a very lovely boat trip! 🙂 Here’s the proof:

setting off
the cafe where we had our brews whilst we waited for the boat
pretty flowers growing in the wall
pretty Elizabeth feeding the ducks
under the troll bridge
🙂 happy Imogen
Swans. The Daddy swan had battered his older son who was hiding in the woods…we learned about how swans are expected to leave once they are grown. Last year’s cygnet now full grown hadn’t left the area so the father was chasing him off, protecting his newest cygnet family! Aw!!!
Little Mr Bridge
The heron!

The grumpy man told us he was going off for a pint later…he also told us how the canal was used. Skipton canal was (and the castle) was owned by Lord Thanet and he was against the canal but a later Earl realised just how useful it was and connected the Castle moat to the canal and used it to transport Limesone from the quarry. The tow path was so tight that they kept losing horses into the water below so they did away with horses and had a man pull the barges instead. That’s because if a man fell and broke something they could be laid off whereas a horse with a broken leg had to be shot and replaced. Good thinking I suppose!  He was so successful he caused havoc with the canal causing traffic jams and he was later bought out…the canal stopped being used in about 1947 when the mode of transport changed to lorries.

There ya go, you learn something new every day!

More info on Lord Thanet
Canal Trips

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