Thursday 14th August 2014: Cooper Bridge to just past Horbury Bridge
Still a day behind with the write-up, but there seems to be less time when there are visitors on board. The first task of the morning was for David and Penny to take their car to a nearby railway station so that they could retrieve it at the end of their time with us. Mirfield was selected as the most convenient; we arranged to pick them up at Lidl as we cruised past. This we did, but we were delayed half-an-hour by the excitement at Battyeford Flood Lock.
After Mirfield, to cut a long story down a bit, we made the very tight turn into the arm leading to Savile Town Wharf in Dewsbury. Half way along this arm is a splendid mural celebrating the opening of the Calder and Hebble navigation in 1770 and some of the cargo it carried. I ought to know what shoddy and mungo are, but I have either forgotten or else I didn't know in the first place. It's a shame the boat depicted is a modern pleasure boat rather than one which might actually have carried cargo.
At the end of the arm I was surprised to see a basin full of boats. None of this was here the last time we visited in 2005. Good to see the Leggers Inn still doing good value grub and excellent ales. I sampled a half of Oak Stout which was very tasty. Back at the boat, which we'd put on a visitor mooring (angled short pontoon) it poured with rain. David had gone into the town; he came back fairly wet.
Up-to-date information: we are now (Friday evening) at Knottingley, just past Ferrybridge.
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