Leeds Liverpool canal

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Folks, I'm after a bit of advice really. I'm going up to near Skipton in Yorkshire dales in mid August with caravan (sadly reached that age!) I normally sea paddle on south coast but I've have seen that Leeds Liverpool canal runs across the bottom of the dales at this point. Just wondering how much of the canal is paddlable and if its worth me dragging a delphin all that way. Any advice on this and whether there might be any where to hire a kayak in that area. Alternatively if anyone has two boats and who fancies a paddle could lend me one for beer and or pub grub expenses that would be great also. I am aware that my bcu membership (or whatever it's called this week) allows me access to canals. Regards jp

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The whole canal is paddleable, coast to coast. I think the nearest locks are Gargrave to the west and Bingley to the east, so you have at least 20km of uninterrupted water.

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Then there are a lot of locks at either end...
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I paddled a stretch of the LL Canal near Farnhill yesterday. It's pleasant and it's quite a way off the valley floor, so there are some good views in the gaps between trees.

There are quite a lot of swing bridges - every mile or so on the section I paddled. Most people will have to portage these, although there was one I managed to duck under. I was in a playboat, so portaging was no big deal, but it will be less fun with a sea kayak.

At Farnhill, there was a pair of very aggressive swans teaching their cygnets the art of harrassment. They chased me off the water and followed me along the bank until I was 200 metres away.

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I can usually fit under the swing bridges in an open canoe. In a sea kayak, I'd probably get out and push the boat under the bridge; it would take a little bit of thought about use of ropes and making sure you could catch it as it came out.

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Folks thank you very much for your advice it's much appreciated. Jp

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