I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Tuesday 14th August

clip_image002Today it was a temporary goodbye to our four wheeled mode of transport.  I have really enjoyed having the car to go out and visit so many places but we now need to leave it somewhere secure for a few weeks.

Our friends Dave and Suzanne live just north of Kendal and have kindly offered their driveway as storage.  We drove to Staveley via the Ribblehead viaduct which I had seen on photos many times.  The viaduct is 440 yards long and 104 feet above the valley floor at its highest point.  It is made up of twenty-four arches of 45 feet span with foundations 15 feet deep. The north end of the viaduct is 13 feet higher in elevation than the south end and is certainly a great feat of engineering.  It took four years to build and was opened in 1874.

Talking of loos, I took this photo at Skipton Castle of a 
garderobe (privy) which opens straight off the kitchen
We went for a very nice lunch at Staveley Mill Yard and sat outside overlooking a weir.  We didn’t, however, visit the Staveley community run toilets of which Dave is the Chairman.  The loos are twinned with toilets in Cambodia via the website toilettwinning.org which has much information on the 2.6 billion people – 40 percent of the world's population – who are without a clean and safe place to go to the loo.

Dave very kindly brought us back to Mary H and we settled down for our last night at Lower Park Marina.

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