After a couple of days to ready the boat, we’ll pick up our next guests at Cherry Tree. Depending on their arrival time, we might begin the flight of 6 locks on the first day – otherwise, we’ll overnight in readiness for the following morning. Once up through the locks, we’ll be over 400ft above sea-level with excellent views below. The scenery varies between heavy industrial and green fields/farms. The calder valley motorway (M65) follows our route although we twist and turn lots.
Our second night will probably be spent in Hapton. This was until recently a neglected area but it IS improving now with some excellent views. The railway and motorway are never far away in this stretch but we’ll try and find a balance between them in quite an attractive area in what is otherwise still quite industrial,. When we continue our journey, we’ll enter the Gannow tunnel (559yards) and before long we’ll pass over the M65 motorway aqueduct and then enter the Weavers Triangle area of Burnley. We'll soon come across the preserved warehouse wharf and former wharf master’s house which contains the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre. We still have the Burnley Embankment to cover before we stop for the day - built 60 ft. high and nearly a mile long ... a detour to avoid following the contours around the valley. It’s regarded as one of the seven wonders of Britain’s Waterways. We’ll aim to moor for the evening in Nelson. Next morning, passing through the 1640yard long tunnel the following morning as soon as breakfast is completed before continuing towards Barnoldswick where stop for the night. The following morning we’ll pass through Greenberfield - this really is God’s own country as we skirt along the Dales National Park and the most scenic parts of the canal. We’ll aim to descend Bank Newton locks and look for a mooring in Gargrave.
Gargrave is a lovely little village with an attractive church and numerous walks… If we’re lucky, we might even be in time to catch a bus to Malham for a (strenuous) walk up the Cove and see the Malham Tarn – the source of the River Aire. Gargrave can get busy later in the day as the hirers from various bases tend to arrive there late afternoon/early evening so it might have meant an start to the day to beat the masses.
After a peaceful night we’ll continue our journey along a lovely rural, winding section of canal with a few Swing bridges to contend with and then send the crew ahead with Walkie-talkies to see if there is space centrally. If not, we’ll tie up on the way into town. That’s the nice thing about Skipton – even when it’s busy, a reasonable mooring can usually be found a short walk away from the centre.
Our guests can depart in Skipton or for additional cost, opt to spend an extra night onboard to explore the town.
Cherry Tree to Skipton £695 pp
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12th - 19th July 2019 (7nights)
From: Cherry Tree (Leeds & Liverpool
To: Skipton (Leeds and Liverpool
HIGHLIGHTS: Burnley Embankment,
Bank Newton Locks,