Yesterday, we visited Barnoldswick Beach and what a fun time we had. But on the way back, we stopped off at the Lower & Upper Foulridge Reservoirs. The hosepipe ban for the North West may be cancelled (at least for now), but about 50 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Gargrave has been in a state of shutdown from 30th July 2018.
Not surprisingly, there were signs of a few dead fish around the Upper Foulridge Reservoir, so that’s likely to have some impact on the local fish stocks.
The canal shutdown will no doubt have an impact on some local trade. For instance, the Lock Stop Cafe at Greenberfield Locks, Barnoldswick. This is a lovely little cafe that is often visited by folks on passing boats. The cafe has come on leaps & bounds since we first visited them in May 2015. It’s nice to see that they have regular visits from local walkers and cyclists. They’ve reacted to this by creating spaces to park bicycles and are working alongside the Canal & River Trust to repair & upgrade the nearby benches. At least one of those benches has been made wheelchair friendly.