Aintree Village – Before they set off for the Leeds Liverpool Canalfest

Yesterday canal narrow boats, barges and cruisers gathered by the dozen from just north of the Wango Lane swing bridge in Aintree Village ready for the flotilla that will reach Maghull Cricket Club’s ground around 2pm today. Here’s a shot of the gathering with the Pride of Sefton Trust’s barge in view:-

Lining up for the Flotilla

Lining up for the Flotilla

Today’s Canalfest celebrates the Bicentenary of the opening of the whole length of the Leeds Liverpool Canal which snakes it way through the Sefton East Parishes communities of Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull and Lydiate.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

On the Pride of Sefton again

We had a family and friends trip on the Pride of Sefton canal barge on Wednesday 24th June.

This is the Trust's 2nd canal boat.

This is the Trust’s 2nd canal boat.

I had been on it a couple of times before and Sheila had been on it once previously. We both fell in love with it and 4mph cruising on the lovely Leeds Liverpool Canal out in the West Lancashire countryside. It was time to do it again.

The barge, which is very much disabled friendly, is run by a charitable trust and it takes bookings for groups of up to 12 people to help pay for its upkeep and the free trips it does for worthy causes.

We booked a 3 hour evening cruise and at £150 it is a bargain for up to 12 people.

Here are a couple of photos from our trip, which I am sure we will do again one day.

The LL Canal cuts through a rock formation in Halsall Parish to produce this lovely setting.

The LL Canal cuts through a rock formation in Halsall Parish to produce this lovely setting.

Our dear old friend Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker now a young 94.

Our dear old friend Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker now a young 94 aboard the Pride of Sefton 2.

The Charity’s web site is at:-

www.prideofseftonboats.co.uk/

The 1st and 2nd photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Another encounter with the Pride of Sefton

Readers will know I am a fan of the Pride of Sefton Trust that runs a canal barge of that name which benefits those less fortunate but, to help pay its way, is also available to hire out.

Recently whilst walking along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lydiate it came chugging down the cut.

prideofsefton.info/booking.html

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The last of these photos is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

More Leeds Liverpool Canal shots in Lydiate

Continuing my irregular look at the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Sefton here are 3 shots, all taken in Lydiate.

The first two are taken from our garden and they feature the Pride of Sefton II barge which I have blogged about previously and which is run by a charitable trust. The last photo I took a few days ago of Lydiate Hill Bridge (otherwise known as Billy’s Bridge) looking back towards Lydiate.

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