3rd October 2019
We reluctantly leave our mooring on the Curley Wurleys , and admiring the superb long range views we soon pass under Newton Changeline Bridge. Absolutely stunning in the autumn sunshine. Here the tow path changes to the other side and we arrive at Bank Newton a small hamlet on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with an estimated population of 50.
The 7 Bank Newton locks lower the canal into the Upper Airedale valley with excellent views across the valley and beyond. We continue our journey northwards completing the 4 Gargrave Locks and moor next to the cricket ground at Gargrave, here the Yorkshire Dale National Park borders the canal.
This is one of our favourite villages on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the village is cut in half by the River Aire and there is a lovely walk beside the River, crossing the stepping stones into the village. The Pennine Way winds its way through Gargrave, popular with walkers, cyclists and boaters and the Yorkshire Dale National Park borders the canal here with some of Englands finest walking country, some lovely views, deep valleys, open moorland and rugged hills. Where the village itself is split in two by the River Aire the bridge over it forms the centre of the village.
We think Gargrave has a lot of attraction and loved our week here.
We caught the bus from the bus stop by the bridge up to Malham and explored Janets Foss and Gordale Scar, a trip we can highly recommend if you enjoy walking and exploring. Following our walk we enjoyed a lovely meal and a wine or two at the village pub!