Having been down to have a look at the Leeds Liverpool canal breach in Melling this morning it looks to be of a similar nature to the 1995 breach on the boundary between Maghull & Lydiate i.e. the canal may well have broken through into a culvert that crosses underneath it. Here’s the latest photos, including one of a very unfortunate narrow boat caught near to the breach point:-
dam built by Canal and River Trust at Holmes swing bridge. From here the canal is in water through Maghull, Lydiate and northwards
A canal with virtually no water in it from Holmes swing bridge through Aintree towards Liverpool.
A sadly marooned narrow boat quite near to the breach site.
The breach point in the Waddicar part of Melling
The breach happened yesterday evening according to Merseyside Fire and Rescue.
Canal barges and narrow boats lined up for the 200 year celebration of the completion of the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Wango Lane swing bridge in June 2016.
I had heard that things were a changing on the Leeds Liverpool Canal in terms of how boaters access the previously only Canal and Rivers Trust operated swing bridges in Aintree and Netherton but was not too clear on what the changes were as a non-boater. As a canoeist I can usually slip under the swing bridges.
But as luck would have it I picked up a copy of the June edition of Towpath Talk newspaper in Scarisbrick Marina the other day and an article in it explains it all:-
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So now we know all the ins and outs about the changes. With apologies to those who already knew all this.
A few days ago a Canal and River Trust dumb barge with an excavator on it was being pushed northwards through Lydiate and it passed the end of our Lydiate garden.
A brief chat with the chap in charge of the movement led me to understand that work was going to commence just north of Jackson’s Bridge (where Hall Lane/Pygons Hill Lane cross over the LLC) on reclaying the canal over the small aqueduct that takes the Leeds Liverpool Canal over what I think is still called Sudell Brook at that point.
The brook is also the Lydiate/Merseyside boundary with Downholland/West Lancashire and I’m guessing that the canal has been leaking into the brook below it hence the need to reclay the canal. The photo below shows the dumb barge with the excavator in it on Saturday 14th April over the position of the small aqueduct.
It’s hard to imagine these days that at one time walkers and cyclists were not welcome on the tow paths of the UK’s canal network, even more so now when exactly the opposite is true and the Canal and River Trust actively encourages such activities.
But just to prove how unwelcome walkers and cyclists were in previous times here is a photo of a Leeds Liverpool Canal cast iron sign, from 1911, which is on display at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port:-
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The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-
Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
The inaugural 1816 boat passage by Yorkshire and Lancashire merchants on the 127-mile Leeds and Liverpool Canal is being recreated on a former working boat called Kennet.
The good ship (or in this case barge) Kennet set sail from Leeds last Saturday and it should arrive in Liverpool on Sunday 23rd. That means it should be sailing through West Lancashire and Sefton Boroughs on 22nd and 23rd i.e. next Saturday and Sunday. Should be worth keeping an eye out for.
Looking through Pilling Lane canal bridge, Lydiate at boats moored outside Mersey Motor Boat Club.
I have always admired the modern gateway arch to a part of this community known as Bootle Village which was erected at the turn of the last century, indeed I assume it was a year 2000 centenary project.
Constructed in metal it is pleasing on the eye and can’t be missed if you are on Stanley Road between the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bridge and Bootle Library.
Sadly and literally only a few yards away to left of this shot is the view below:-
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You can see pretty much the same buildings/house in the background of both shots. This second photo shows the build up of dumped rubbish on the embankment of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which celebrates it’s Bicentenary later this year. This is on the opposite side to the tow path.
I suspect that the area is not easily accessed to clear up the junk but never the less it looks appalling and especially so close to the rather nice gateway arch.
Either the Canal and River Trust and/or Sefton Council need to take some action to clear this long-standing mess up as it does Bootle Town Centre no favours at all and the removal of the rubbish would contribute towards the Bicentenary celebrations in June 2016.
Here’s hoping the powers that be are onto this environmental black spot.
The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-