The canal is only four miles long and it is a marvel that it still exists because the working barges that carried coal and iron ore and the products of the steel industry have all gone. Nowadays, the only boats that travel on the canal are leisure craft.
Monday morning brought sunshine and blue sky so rather than wasting the day, I caught a bus into the city centre and then headed to Sheffield Canal Basin. It was not the first time that I have walked the length of the old canal but I doubt that I have walked it on a lovelier morning.
|Light show under a bridge courtesy of sunshine and dripping water.|
Along the way, I came across a married couple "fishing" with powerful magnets that pull metal products up from the bottom of the canal (See image below). A lot of stuff has been thrown in there over the last two hundred years. Magnet fishing? Mmm...that gives me an idea for Nurse Pudding's Christmas present! Who needs perfume or chocolates?
Below - detail of a narrow boat and its reflection upon the still surface of the canal:-
P.S. We are driving up to the North Yorkshire coast at lunchtime - to stay with friends in a seaside house they have rented for the week. Back on Friday afternoon