Friday, 30 March 2012

The Rodley Barge

To Horsforth, near Leeds, for a family visit and an opportunity for lunch at the Rodley Barge. It's a typical unpretentious northern pub - in fact "unpretentious" is a rather, er...pretentious way of describing it, but it does have a decent range of beer - I went for the "Copper Dragon" from Skipton - and a range of basic, but well cooked, pub meals. Its main attraction however is its location on the side of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Rodley. In fact it is literally "canalside" with the rear wall of the pub forming the offside bank of the canal. After lunch we had a walk along the canal and I was reminded of how different this waterway is from the narrow canals of the midlands.
The majority of the boats on Rodley's seven-day moorings were widebeams like the one in the photo above and both the bridges we saw were swing-bridges, which abound on the L&L. 
Starcross has never been this way (at least not while I've owned her) but the western end of the Leeds & Liverpool is a possible future long-term mooring spot and if that materialises then no doubt it won't be long before she does.

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