Lydiate – Reclaying a canal aqueduct

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.

Leeds Liverpool Canal – In the days when you were not welcome on the tow path

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:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Leeds Liverpool Canal – Bicentenary Voyage from Leeds to Liverpool 15th to 23rd October

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-37671372

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.

Canal Bicentenary

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.

Looking through Pilling Lane canal bridge, Lydiate at boats moored outside Mersey Motor Boat Club.

Bootle – The interesting and unfortunate within yards of each other

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.

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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:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Canals – Share the Space, Drop your Pace

canalrivertrust.org.uk/our-towpath-code

I found this recent campaign from the Canal and River Trust interesting and of course they are right to point these things out. Having said that is not the whole code they are promoting a matter of common sense anyway?

Looking through Pilling Lane canal bridge at boats moored outside Mersey Motor Boat Club. Canals are not for rushing.

Looking through Pilling Lane canal bridge at boats moored outside Mersey Motor Boat Club. Canals are not for rushing.

Well yes it is but we seem to be developing into a society where we need to be told how to behave wherever we go and I find that rather sad. But then again we often get nutters on scrambler bikes on the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lydiate where I live tearing along like lunatics. Sadly, I am not aware of any of them ending up in the canal but we can but hope.

So in the year of the Bicentenary of the opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal we have a conduct code for using its tow path and unfortunately it seems to be needed as common sense tends to be in short supply in a certain sections of our society.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6wLVQPDxYc&feature=youtu.be“>www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6wLVQPDxYc&feature=youtu.be

I thought I would share this Canal & River Trust video (accessible via the link above) with readers as it is both informative and well put together.

Two red and white  narrow boats in Lydiate approaching Bells Lane swing bridge heading northwards.

Two red and white narrow boats in Lydiate approaching Bells Lane swing bridge heading northwards.

I have posted previously about the celebrations being planed in the East Parishes part of Sefton Borough and will let readers have more information about them as things develop.

The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/