Leeds to Saltaire Walk - March 19th

Posted 20/3/2016

An earlier than normal start for this walk, which meandered along the Leeds Liverpool canal across West Yorkshire.

An early train for our party of 21 walkers, to the start point in Leeds city centre. The start point to the walk was conveniently only a couple of minutes walk from the railway station as we dropped onto the towpath of the canal with the objective of walking to Saltaire.

It was a cold but dry day so we took a brisk pace out of the city and we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty along this path, despite being still within Leeds city centre.

The path is well used by cyclists and runners and the canal traffic was brisk too.

After a brief lunch and drink stop at The Rodley Barge we walked on in the now quite rural parts of the greater Leeds area. A further refreshment stop was taken at Toby's Tea Room at the canal side, just as fatigue set in.

As is always the case on long walks such as this one, the last couple of miles calls for the group to dig and work as a unit to finish the walk, towards the end of the walk there were certainly some tired & bruised feet not to mention the odd significant blister which Colin Clegg was battling against.

All in all it was a fantastic days walking with a party of 21 people completing the 13.5 miles walk to Saltaire in style.

Particular congratulations go to our two juniors who completed this walk in style, Emily Kirk & Alex Bennett and to Dean Skelley who picked this walk for his first with DVWG - there's nothing like a challenge !!