At the end of the 19th century the view along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal would probably be a lot more smoggy, with smoke coming from the chimneys and more narrow boats going about the serious business of transporting goods for sale. Otherwise it may well have looked much like this.
On a business trip with a colleague, we found ourselves staying in Shipley, right opposite the Shipley Wharf. A summer’s evening offered a great opportunity for a walk along the canal to Saltaire and back.
In the mid-19th century Sir Titus Salt developed the area, to consolidate his textile production, by establishing Saltaire Mill, with a village to house his workers. His legacy, now offices and a museum next to the River Aire makes an interesting spot to walk and research.
All Over the UK
Canal views like this exist all over the UK. In the cities and towns there are many sights like this, where the narrow boats used to tie up to load and unload freight.
Today the narrow boats and canals form a leisure activity with many spots featuring pubs and other attractions, like the Camden Lock.
As the canals move through the countryside, they make for some pretty photos, like these on the Oxford Canal.
Just head out and take a walk along the canals!