Our Narrowboat Quest. Grounded in Leeds heading for the River Aire
Arrived in Granary Wharf at Leeds, the last stopping point before going onto the River Aire. We moored next to the Hilton Hotel where the water levels were already very low however the levels fell even further and we became grounded. The narrowboat moored next to us had come over from the Lancaster Canal across the Leeds and Liverpool( they were the boat that we came down to Leeds from Rodley with) and needed to return home for work however the Huddersfield Canal and Rochdale Canal were both closed due to low water levels. They therefore informed CRT, caught the train home leaving their boat at Granary Wharf to return when one of the routes across the Pennines reopened.
The Granary Wharf area had some lively bars, restaurants and cafes. Its modern architecture mixed with some interesting historical canal features weave below the train station above.
Leeds city centre is five minutes walk away with an array of shops and shopping centres.
We stayed beside the Hilton for 3 days, after that a CRT employee let some water down from the previous lock and we were then able to re float the boat. At this point we moved out onto the main canal and spent a night in front of The Lock bar where we spent a rather noisy evening. The next day on a rather wet and windy day we moved through The River Lock, the first (or in our case the last)lock on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which consequently closed behind us as has happened throughout our journey on this canal.
We travelled down to Leeds docks where we moored on the visitor moorings next to the Armouries Museum. The area is being regenerated with some residential housing in waterside apartment blocks and a few businesses who have moved into the area, there is still more work to be done. The main attraction is The Royal Armouries which attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year and has free entry.