When one thinks of West Yorkshire it is usually in terms of “gritty industrial north” and to a large extent this would not be far from the truth for many areas.
However, these days many industrial sites have been reclaimed or redeveloped and the canal that runs from Brighouse to Elland is one of them that has been given a fresh lease of life.
This stretch is part of the Calder and Hebble canal and provides excellent pathways along the canal side and some lovely scenery. One could be excused for thinking at times that you are somewhere deep in Europe, not that that is likely after the recent Referendum vote.
There are well kept locks along the canal and the most beautiful lock keepers cottage I have ever seen. Old bridges abound and are beautifully constructed and on a hot summers morning today, there were lots of locals out enjoying the weather, walkers and cyclist abound.
Below are some of the photos I took on the walk, if you are up Brighouse way do have a stroll along this lovely canal.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish