It’s Easter Weekend.

There are reports of huge queues of traffic on some roads near us as day-trippers head to the coast.

So what better place to escape to this morning  than our local stretch of the Lancaster Canal.

Two minutes into the walk, we came across a sign: TOWPATH CLOSED.  Oh dear!  It looked like being a very short walk indeed.

We could see under the bridge that the towpath reopened at the other side. A good chunk of that side of the bridge had been demolished by a car (or maybe a lorry or even a tractor, but probably not a bicycle!) crashing into it.

A quick inspection of the underside of this narrow little bridge gave us the confidence to run through to the other side, reasonably sure that we wouldn’t be buried under falling masonry. And without hard hats! Not that those would have been much good if we’d been buried alive.

Once through the bridge, the remainder of the 6 km walk was as beautiful and peaceful and interesting as ever.


Woodplumpton, catforth, Lancaster Canal Lancashire rural towpath

Towpath Closed ©HelenBushe


narrowboat Woodplumpton, catforth, Lancaster Canal Lancashire rural

My Favourite Tree ©HelenBushe


Canal-side Stile ©HelenBushe


Woodplumpton, catforth, Lancaster Canal Lancashire rural

Canal Towpath ©HelenBushe


bridge Woodplumpton, catforth, Lancaster Canal Lancashire rural

Framed in Stone ©HelenBushe


Narrowboat Woodplumpton, catforth, Lancaster Canal Lancashire rural

This Morning’s Rush Hour Traffic ©HelenBushe


That’s All, Folks ©SHW


To see Which Way  fellow bloggers have been going this week, why not pop over to Cee’s Which Way? Challenge


Leah · 20 April 2017 at 18:19

Rush hour traffic, indeed!

I hope the bridge is repaired to it’s former glory and safety. Those canals and all that are a part of the system are an absolute treasure.

    HMB · 20 April 2017 at 18:25

    Thanks Leah. I’m sure the Bridge will be repaired just as soon as the roadwork team finish the one they’re currently working on.As often as not there’s a bridge somewhere on the canal suffering crash damage. These wee narrow hump-backed bridges were designed for horse-drawn vehicles not cars and lorries.

Anonymous · 17 April 2017 at 18:21

Would love to do the waterways! Thank you for the beautiful photos!

    HMB · 17 April 2017 at 18:22

    I’m glad you like them. Thanks for visiting.

Amy · 16 April 2017 at 19:25

An enjoyable walk. Thank you for sharing with us, Helen.
The Canal Towpath is my favorite, beautiful perspective, sky, clouds, and reflections. 🙂

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 19:28

    Thank you Amy.

Laurie Graves · 16 April 2017 at 19:17

Gosh, oh gosh, what a lovely walk. And, so nice seeing a picture of you.

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 19:29

    Thanks Laurie. We’re so lucky to have this stretch of Canal a few minutes away.

      Laurie Graves · 16 April 2017 at 19:33

      You certainly are!

Cee Neuner · 16 April 2017 at 17:52

Hi Helen, thanks so much for joining along in the fun. I adored your photos.

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 17:58

Joanne Sisco · 16 April 2017 at 13:16

Great photos – especially the one titled ‘Framed in Stone’. It looks like a lovely walk!

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 13:31

    It is indeed, Joanne. Happy Easter.

paulfraser11 · 16 April 2017 at 13:02

I bet your heart sank when you came across this sign Helen, maybe it was an ‘April Fool’ that hadn’t been removed :)) aside from that, it looks like your walk was a wonderful one and your images are just fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 13:30

    No, the other side of e Bridge was lying in bits beside the towpath as a result of a car crash. But we picked our way through the pile of masonry and carried on. Have a good Easter.

Inger · 16 April 2017 at 10:39

Such beautiful area! I really like the photo you have called ‘Framed in Stone’ – gorgeous:)

    HMB · 16 April 2017 at 13:31

    Thank you Inger. Have a nice Easter

whippetwisdom · 15 April 2017 at 21:38

This looks like a lovely walk and it is so nice when we can find a quiet place to enjoy, away from all the holiday traffic

    HMB · 15 April 2017 at 21:41

    Indeed it is. It’s nourishing for the spirit.

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