We’ve been very lucky on the Leeds & Liverpool to have had a fair few visits from friends and family. Last Sunday we were joined by Bob and Ruth, who live in Ilkeley and fancied a trip up the two sets of Bingley staircase locks. Needless to say we put them to work quick smart – you’ve got to earn your passage on Ewn Ha Cul!
In no time (and with very little effort on my part) we were at the top. While Bob and Gordon filled the boat with water, Ruth and I indulged in a cuppa in the tea rooms beside the top lock before strolling along the canal to find us somewhere to moor up. No long journeys for us – we were planning to spend the afternoon in the Bowling Park Community Orchard at Apple Day. What a wonderful event. Wandering around the orchard, you’d never believe you were virtually in the middle of Bradford.
We bought chutney, chatted to volunteers manning the stalls and, of course, had some tea and apple cake – lovely, but not as nice as the apple cake Ruth presented to us when they came aboard the boat earlier.
Bob and Ruth then brought us back to Ilkley where Ruth, Gordon and I had a walk around the
Worth Wharfe Valley while Bob prepared us a wonderful dinner.
It was a lovely day out and refreshing to involve ourselves with people and activities that aren’t canal related. Over dinner and some very nice wine, we made plans for Ruth to give us a lift to re-visit Haworth. It’s great to have mates with cars!