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River Aire

One sunny Saturday afternoon I met up with my parents to do the walk on the Aire and Calder Navigation.  We started at Leeds Dock and began our six mile walk towards Woodlesford.  It's certainly not my favourite stretch of the navigation;the unappealing River Aire with its industrial and rotting smells, the indefinite diversion near Thwaites Mill Museum and the overgrown weeds at the riverside!

There was some event happening at Thwaites Mill; with the sudden exodus of people on the towpaths and turning off there and the very loud music.  We could still hear the music half a mile or so further up the path.   The stretch somewhat becomes scenic and more to my liking after the Concrete and M1 Motorway Bridges.  The cut opens out to beautiful countryside which some of it comprises Rothwell Country Park.  In the the distance however we couldn't see the river for its rotting and overgrown weeds!

We finished the walk at Woodlesford Lock and walked through Woodlesford, rather the long way round, to the Midland Hotel.  We had a drink at its pub before catching a bus back to Leeds.  It was a good walk despite not being fan of navigations with its rivers.  I'm best sticking to man made cuts from now on!

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River Aire
River Aire
River Aire
River Aire
Start of our walk on the Aire and …
Start of our walk on the Aire and…
Leeds Dock
Leeds Dock
Leeds Dock
Leeds Dock
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Knostrop Fall Lock, Aire and Calde…
Knostrop Fall Lock, Aire and Cald…
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Thwaites Mill Museum
Thwaites Mill Museum
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Aire and Calder Navigation
Fishpond Lock, Aire and Calder Nav…
Fishpond Lock, Aire and Calder Na…
Approaching Woodlesford, Aire and …
Approaching Woodlesford, Aire and…
Woodlesford Lock, Aire and Calder …
Woodlesford Lock, Aire and Calder…
Enjoying an end of walk drink at T…
Enjoying an end of walk drink at …
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