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We’ll have spent a few days in the Skipton area and will hopefully be moored centrally. When our guests join us we’ll spend another night in the town to give time to explore the Castle, numerous pubs/restaurants, the Springs Branch (on foot) and maybe even buy a pie from Stanforths Famous Butchers.
Next morning, we’ll we set off on the journey towards Silsden (where it can get a little busy with hire-boat traffic) before we moor for the night in Riddlesdon - close to the top of the Bingley 5 rise so we can be first in the queue when the locks open the following morning. WE’LL become the entertainment for the many gongoozlers that invariably gather on the flights as we descend and continue our route towards Shipley .
The following morning we’ll move towards the Saltaire visitor and might take a break for a look around before we continue on to Apperley Bridge where we’ll moor for the night – there are a couple of nice pubs here we’ve eaten in before so we’ll take a vote on which one to go for tea perhaps. The next morning, we’ll head out towards pretty Airedale and Calverley ending our day’s cruising probably in Rodley.
The next morning, we’ll be up and away in good time to get through the manned locks above Kirkstall, where we may pull up for lunch and perhaps a visit to the museum. Hopefully, we’ll get a place in Granary Wharf for the next couple of days – we’ll send the crew in to check before we commit to the lock and if nothing is available, we’ll moor just past the lock and keep an eye on boat movements. Spending a couple of nights in Leeds, will give us time to explore. Leeds is home to plenty of good restaurants and museums so we’ll not be bored…
After our stay in Leeds is over, we’ll say farewell to our guests and head back to our home mooring in Wakefield to catch up with friends and do a bit of boat maintenance before we embark on next adventure.
Skipton to Leeds £695 pp
23rd - 30th July 2019 (7nights)
From: Leeds (Leeds & Liverpool canal
To: Skipton (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
HIGHLIGHTS: Skipton Castle,
Bingley 3 and 5 Rise,
Rodley Nature Reserve,
Leeds City Centre with Royal Armouries.