Debbi's nearing the end of her travels
We left picturesque Hebden Bridge quite early and were soon through the first two locks at Stubbings Mill. The approach to the next lock Black Pit is an aqueduct over the River Calder. The river and the canal are never very far from each other, in some places just separated by towpath. There are plenty of visitor moorings in Hebden Bridge with a choice of 24 hr, 48 hr or 14 days. If only we had 14 more days to explore here.
Below Mayroyd lock I finally saw my first kingfisher of this trip. He stopped to pose but I wasn't quick enough with the camera. I also saw a nuthatch. You can see a lot of wildlife on the canal network if you just keep careful watch.
Nearing the end of the long term moorings at Mayroyd we met another Shire Cruisers hire boat, just where it seemed to be narrowest and shallowest. Next was Fallingroyd tunnel with the serious bend. We were read this time and got through without touching the sides.
Approaching our stop for today at Mytholmroyd we met another four Shire Cruisers hire boats in quick succession. Far too quickly we were moored up for the day and set off in search of launderette, pubs, shops and other more interesting attractions like the Walkleys Clog factory.
Although the Mytholmroyd visitor mooring doesn't look very attractive next to the derelict White Lion pub it's a good stop on the Rochdale canal. For a start it’s relatively deep for this canal and has mooring rings. Even better the village boasts two pubs, many handy shops, cash point and laundrette.
We dropped a suitcase of grubby muddy boating clothes off at the launderette for a service wash and went for a walk about the village. The local council have installed handy information boards with suggested walking routes from easy to steep and muddy.
I got my hair cut for much less money than it would have cost at home whilst Simon prepared dinner on our hire boat. We had a pre-dinner drink in the Dusty Miller, the once meeting place of the infamous coiner David Hartley and his associates in the 18th century. After dinner we walked through the village to the Shoulder of Mutton, a real local pub with a warm welcome. We stayed quite late!
It was a wet, cold and windy start to the day but we weren't in any hurry. After a hearty breakfast we went and had a look at the Walkleys clog factory before collecting our laundry.
By the time we got back the rain was easing off and the sun was trying to come out. It was an easy day boating, just two locks and a couple of miles to Luddenden Foot. In almost no time at all we were back on the visitor mooring at Luddenden, almost in the same spot where we had moored on our first night.
Feeling sad that we are so close to the end of our holiday. I don't want it to end, there are so many waterways up north to explore that we haven't yet cruised.
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