Sunday, October 28, 2007

Canal Walk: Haskayne

Just a short walk at Haskayne today, we parked by the Pride of Sefton's moorings and walked up to the cutting. The pill box by the cutting is being slowly revealed by the falling leaves. It looks to be circular brick built with loop holes all the way around. A few more weeks and hopefully it will be photogenic.
Under Halsall hill bridge there are numbers and letters carved into the stones, the masons equivalent of painting by numbers maybe.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dock Link Update

Just a brief visit to the dock link today. It's a shame my back has put me out of action, no trekking this weekend despite the sunshine. I got to go behind the barricades and saw the foundations and water tower of the new museum and the canal channel which will link the south basin and mann island basin.
Stopped off to photo the bridge on Chisenhale Street. Looking from the side you can still see the blue metal work of the bridge but no sign of the towpath or channel. Also took a photo of the pub nextdoor.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Canal Walk Lathom Locks

Sunday
After stopping at Appley Bridge for a sandwich in the car we moved on to Cedar Farm. I bought the Cicerone Guide to walking the Lancaster Canal and a small guidebook to the Pendal Way. After saying hello to the little goats we set off again to Parbold for a newspaper. There was no where to park at Parbold so we carried on to park at the Ship Inn at Lathom besides the Top Locks of the Rufford Branch.
Evidence suggests that the Ship Inn Lathom like the Ship Inn Haskayne is now a Cains pub. We went for a short walk about a mile down the Rufford Branch. The highlight of which were the exploding seed pods we found. They were tightly coiled and only needed a light prod to get them to spring open firing their seeds out.
Back at the top lock I had a look at the boatmens cottages, dated 1792.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Canal Walk: Lydiate

We parked on the road near Dicconsons Bridge and the club house of the MMBC. You can access the towpath from the bridge. There are a lot of boats moored here with only a few being narrowboats so they are an interesting collection. Although the leaves were turning and it is now officially Autumn the sun was shining and it was hot! There were a few cyclists, walkers and a young lad fishing. We stopped off at Lydiate Hills bridge formerly known as Billys Bridge. This bridge is slightly different to the usual stone bridge on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. It has buttresses at the sides unlike the other bridges. When we went up to the path across the bridge I noticed a concrete cylinder which I guessed was some sort of roadblock from WW2. We walked as far as Jacksons Bridge before turning round and heading back to the car.

We then drove up to Haskayne and had lunch at the Ship Inn which was very nice. While we were sat outside Ambush sailed past looking particularly big and high out of the water.

Dock Link Progress Check

Bright and early on a Saturday morning we were at the docks in Liverpool. The new multi-storey car park was almost empty when we parked before 9am. The buildings on the horizon, the cathedrals, Cains brewery, were still shrouded in hazy mist. The docks looked very picturesque with the blue sky and buildings reflected in them.
We walked up to Canning Dock, where the canal will eventually join the south docks. Work was continuing on clearing the site that once housed luxury car showrooms. The old yellow stone walls of Canning Dock are still visible but the brick basements and foundations next to them are being dug up. There are still mountains of rubble to be cleared.
The section of canal link which will pass by the new museum has had some work done on it. The tunnel on Mann Island and the tunnel from the Pierhead south basin have been finished for a while, they will be joined up to form one tunnel under the corner of the museum. There had been some work done towards joining the two canal structures.
The tunnel that will take the canal under a lawn in the centre of the pier head, in front of the Cunard building, has been completed. I photographed it before it is buried. The north basin on the Pier head has got concrete walls, and the opening to the tunnel under St. Nicholas’ Place is visible.
The road bridge down to the new floating landing stage is now in place. The site of the old floating road is now the route to the new bridge and is crossed by a canal tunnel. There is still no sign of any work being done between the St Nicholas Place tunnel and Princes Dock. I took another “before” photo of the site.
We walked around Princes Dock and then back along the river front and through Albert Dock.
Liverpool’s docks are already a great tourist attraction. There is a huge new shopping centre being built next to Canning Dock. There is a new Slavery Museum now open. The new Liverpool museum is being built now. When the canal link is open there will be plenty for boaters to see and do in and around the docks.