With sun and a clear blue sky, the overnight frost soon melts away. They've
forecast 'murk' and rain appearing from the south, shrouding the Welsh
hills in mist on its way here, so we decide to make the most of it and,
as we've got a couple of errands to see to in Dewsbury,
we walk along the towpath into the town.
A kingfisher streaks along ahead
of us; it's the first we've seen on this stretch of canal for a
There are three goosanders on
the canal below the Figure of Three locks and two more on the river
in town, behind the retail park.
But the most memorable winged
creature we see is this batman, carved on a Victorian pub by the
bus station in Dewsbury. He must be related to Fungus
are moorhen and long-tailed tits along
the towpath too. As we leave the sound of traffic at Horbury Bridge behind
us and enjoy the quiet and the colour,
not to mention the warmth, on the sheltered towpath, I find myself relaxing;
if we were in the Peak District again or the Lake District I couldn't
enjoy it any more. Even though it's a half term holiday for the local
schools we meet no-one until we're on the outskirts of Dewsbury.
We stop for a cappuccino at the café overlooking the canal basin
at Savile Town. Sitting at a picnic bench watching the narrow boats and
people arriving with various supplies makes us feel as if we're on holiday.
Two Straight Lines
takes us an hour and a half to walk into town along the towpath but I've
done it comfortably in one hour when I've been striding along to catch
a train at Dewsbury station. As we have an appointment this afternoon
we decide we better take the bus back. I sketch trees in the grounds of
the parish church, now known as Dewsbury Minster, from a bench in the
bus station. It's a shame that Wakefield cathedral doesn't have so much
green space around it.
After waiting 15 minutes for the bus, it takes 45 minutes to return to
the stop at the end of our road. This is partly because of a couple of
road works but also because the bus route takes in every estate along
the way. If we'd set off walking briskly we could have been home just
As I've said before, I wish they'd reopen our local railway station.
Trains don't can't stop at everybody's' door but they do go straight from
one local community to another in about 5 minutes, for those who don't
mind the walk to the station. We've got the line here, we've got the trains
coming through every twenty minutes, but they just won't let us get on
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