As the first rays of the watery Spring sun cast shadows around the birthplace of this great expedition … it was decided that a short trip taking in the first few miles along the Canals and rivers of West Yorkshire was in order. So gathering at the appointed time and readying the good Ship Lady Victoria for sail it was with a growing realisation as to the task Stephen has taken upon himself to complete….
Looking back as we leave the home waters and venture towards Huddersfield we see the magnificent Narrow boats used by the Charity to give those less fortunate a little bit of magic …. Enough of the introspection a world lies out there of water and wildlife, locks and labour we settle into a steady 4 mile an hour headway along an amazing area of greenery splitting the hard industrial landscape…
After two hours we have reached Colne bridge and moor for a moments reflection and to avail ourselves of the fantastic hospitality of John in The White Cross hostelry many real ales (even Smiths Smooth … to Stephens delight).
Suitably refreshed we return to the safe Anchor Mooring via the locks and flood gates that connect the canals and the river a great time was had by all but it gives a great sense of the task as the effort and time taken for the short trip from Mirfield to Colne Bridge can only give a small insight into the team work required to move this project to completion..