Wednesday I set off to walk to Deep lock and back.
The female goosander was at the pond:
On the pound below Deep lock the little narrowboat Rosie was moored. She’s rather unusual, not only because of her size, because she uses an outboard motor. .
I was quite anticipating that by now some part of me would be beginning to ache. If it’s not my shins or my back it’s usually my hips, left first and then right.(Hips don’t lie) Anyhow, there was no such pain, so I carried on up the canal.The little copse between canal and A57 roadway is populated by fairly newly planted trees, many of which are popping out of their protective sleeves.
There’s the occasional nest in among the hawthorns and sloes:
On towards Tylden Road bridge, there’s a pond hidden off to the side. I believe it’s a
(I have been through the hedge & snapped ’em BTW)
By now I was feeling pretty damn good, so I mentally committed myself to walking to Shireoaks.Just beyond Doefield Dun lock I was passed by a familiar figure. Don’t know her name or where she’s from, but I’ve seen her all over the place on her bike with her three dogs.
Nice to see Python on her mooring at Shireoaks Miners’ Welfare:In the marina a veritable fleet of barges were moored. They’re dredging the canal and presumably using the marina to offload sludge. What these are have no idea (there’s two of ’em whatever they are)!
I walked through the marina and alongside the railway to Shireoaks.
You know that feeling: “I’ve started so I’ll finish”? Well by the time I arrived at Shireoaks I was feeling great, so I walked on.
They’ve been messing with footpaths around Duke’s Bridge to go under rather than up and over the railway:
Once under the line (the bridge is about six inches deep in water at the moment) you are on a lovely new pathway; shame about the first bit.
At Brancliffe Grange there’s a little clump of snowdrops that, being on a south facing bank, have fared better than the patch at Duke’s bridge.
Over the canal feeder and on up to Moses’ Seat (why the name?)
Down at the bottom of the wood there’s the feeder again and the river Ryton. It’s notable how the rock was cut through – not for the canal but for the feeder.
In the middle of the wood is the start of the feeder at a weir on the river:
Towards the west end of the wood the path is high over the river down a precipitous slope – I’m terrified of heights so no photographs and no going back there for me!The houses at Lindrick Dale are effin lovely – one in particular is apparently under construction and has two lakes:
Once back on the canal it’s downhill all the way home. I took some time to snap some moss on a lock arm.
I changed lenses from tele to normal and almost immediately a treecreeper appeared: This was the best I could do with that lens (Cropped & ‘shopped!). Damnit!
Back down at the marina there’s something I missed on the outbound: Nb Pebley out of the water beyond New Dawn.
Towards Doefield Dun a heron took flight.Perhaps it was the dredger that had spooked him.
East of Sandy Lane another (or perhaps the same?) heron took off.
You’ve got to admit this sky’s worth noticing!