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Leeds -Liverpool Canal 1

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So this was today's ride, from our house, to the Aire a Calder Navigation canal, then joint the Leeds-Liverpool in central Leeds, then out as far as Newlay Locks/Bramley Fall. Then back home. About 22 miles in total.At end of June/beginig of July me and the Mr are hoping to take part in the Leeds-Liverpool sponsored bike ride, 127 miles from the official start (a bit more if we cycle from home) over 3 days, in aid of Heart Research UK. So we thought we had better get some miles in

Essitam says:

I like swans.

11th Feb 2007, 17:01

FilbertFox says:

couldn't eat a whole one though

11th Feb 2007, 17:45

Joe says:

they pair for life you know.

11th Feb 2007, 17:46

FilbertFox says:

couldn't eat a pair that's for sure!

I seem to remember reading recently that swans are actually quite promiscuous, so they may pair for life, but enjoy a bit on the side as well.

11th Feb 2007, 17:49

Essitam says:

oh to be a swan.


11th Feb 2007, 17:54

FilbertFox says:

yeah seems pretty good

11th Feb 2007, 18:00

biffadigital says:

If you did this by barge it would have taken all day. Better get in good shape it's sounds like a great adventure travelling the longest canal in Britain.

11th Feb 2007, 22:33

BD I thought the Grand Union Canal was the longest?
Beautiful bit of the world though which I know so very well - my formative years were spent cycling around Yorkshire (based between Castleford and Pontefract) my favoured route into the pennines was through Leeds and along Wharfedale; Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Gargrave, Settle - course, there were no such things as mountain bikes in them days...

11th Feb 2007, 23:11

OJ says:

Nice series FF.

I've often wondered how long Leeds to Liverpool would take by barge rather than M62.

11th Feb 2007, 23:17

FilbertFox says:

OJ - ta me ducks. i reckon the canal boat would be quicker than gridlocked M62

P'hobo - the next 'mileston' is skipton for lunch and back again. I have never been to skipton.

12th Feb 2007, 10:58

MaggieD says:

Looks like a good day out .....

Have done your cartoon, just need to know where to send it ......

12th Feb 2007, 15:00

FilbertFox says:

i thought i replied to your email?

will have a look....

12th Feb 2007, 16:12

MaggieD says:

I am having a few problems with email ..... sometimes they take a day or two to get here :( ..... had the same problem with Hildegard and Nige ....

12th Feb 2007, 16:20

FilbertFox says:

jus sent it again - belt and braces and all that....

12th Feb 2007, 16:21

MaggieD says:


12th Feb 2007, 16:23

MaggieD says:

Got it!

12th Feb 2007, 16:24

JokerXL says:

Nice ride out FF.
My mate lives on a narrowboat, looks like fun.
There'd be a hell of a lot of locks between Leeds and Liverpool.
Mind you, you'd need a lot of locks to keep out those scousers.

12th Feb 2007, 18:44

FilbertFox says:

there are a few locks for sure, but maybe we need to up the number, i did hear a scouse accent only today!

12th Feb 2007, 21:37

JokerXL says:

Put the chain on!!

13th Feb 2007, 05:53

FilbertFox says:

and we should put a couple of bolts on. No wait that sounds far too much like a place in Lanchashire, we can't be having them here and all!

13th Feb 2007, 08:17

Dhamaka says:

brilliant project, I'm sure you'll enjoy it

13th Feb 2007, 22:02