Mindful of the ever increasing rise in travel costs, we decided to abandon the car at home and take the steep walk down into one of our valleys.
'What joy, to receive
from each towpath dragonfly
The vegetation alongside the canal towpath was lush and verdant. Richard Llewellyn's acclaimed novel 'How Green was my Valley' came to mind.
The pleasing architecture of the traditional heritage humpback bridges are a familiar feature along our canals. Built to a classic design, they have stood the test of time for more than 250 years.The hedgerows were filled with a bountiful supply of sweet smelling elderflowers. If picked now, they make a delicious summer cordial.
Rutilus rutilus. A member of the carp family, they live in slow-flowing water. Happily once he had shown them to us, he threw them back into the canal where they jumped up with a splash and dived quickly away, much to the surprise of this passing swan.
A female Swan glided past followed by her seven downy cygnets.