Waterways 1. Canal and Towpaths of Hebden Bridge….. and barges and narrowboats and couple of ducks for good measure.

I think know I’m going to like Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge as I can’t see that I’ll ever be stuck for stuff to post. I love walking in cities, so there’ll be streets and lanes, I love the the country side so there’ll be paths and stiles and  I totally adore canals.

There are many canals around where we live in North-West England both in the town and cities as well as in the countryside. Their history is fascinating as so much of England’ s prosperity resulted from them in the past.

This post features the Rochdale Canal as it winds its way through the Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge. The canal dates from the late 18th Century.

Hebden Bridge is the 4th funkiest town in the world and is also the UK town with most local identityFrom HebWeb news 

Having visited Hebden Bridge a few times, I would definitely agree with the description “funky”.  A Hebden Bridge door can be seen here and a very unusual chair on the pavement can be seen here.

And a snapshot of the Rochdale canal is coming up here…..


A Day in the Life moorings Hebden Bridge Rochdale Canal

A Day in the Life ©HelenBushe 


RED Barge Rochdale Canal hebden Bridge

Red Barge ©HelenBushe 


Tug Teal Hebden Bridge Rochdale canal Yorkshire

Tug Teal ©HelenBushe 


Number 1 Boat Hebden Bridge Rochdale Canal Yorkshire

Number 1 Boat ©HelenBushe  


Mighty Quinn Rochdale Canal hebden Bridge

Mighty Quinn ©HelenBushe 


Barge and Narrowboats

Barge and Narrowboats ©HelenBushe


Amy · 13 August 2016 at 13:48

Beautiful captures of the canal and boats!

    HMB · 13 August 2016 at 15:20

    Thanks Amy. Have a good weekend.

AngelAmbroseArt · 13 August 2016 at 00:22

Beautiful and fascinating images. I especially love the purple flowers directly above the purple boat with the purple reflection in the water.

    HMB · 13 August 2016 at 07:38

    Thank you. I really like that too.

Cee Neuner · 12 August 2016 at 18:51

I so adore your waterways. Brilliant entry.

    HMB · 12 August 2016 at 18:55

    Thank you Cee

Leah · 12 August 2016 at 14:03

Fantastic, Helen! You make me want to cruise the canals (on foot). I like to guess what the insides of the barges look like, who lives in them, and what it would be like to travel in one. Seems like such a romantic way of life.

    HMB · 13 August 2016 at 07:45

    Thanks Leah. Yes, it is now a most desirable at of life with the traditional narrowboats costing a fortune. When the canals were “working” though, it was a different story. Children of bargees were shunned at school (if they got there) , and generally bargees considered the lowest of the low. Ironic since the prosperity of the country depended on them for transportation of all the coal, and all the raw materials for manufacturing . Thanks again for your interest.

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