On Saturday after a quick trip to the shops and an indoor play area (sigh) I decided I needed we all needed some fresh air so we went down to the canal where the canal festival is in full swing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, all I knew for sure was that there were various anchors there, and that is exactly what we got.
Ulverston canal has lots of things claimed about it but unfortunately it isn’t the shortest, widest or the deepest canal in the UK. It is, however, exactly one mile in length and is entirely straight, ending up at the River Leven in Morecambe Bay.
It also makes for a beautiful walk.
When we got there (after a quick trip back to the car because it was in fact too cold for just a cardi) we spotted the first anchor and Tom declared, “We made one of these in school, so did Charlotte. We made swans with our hands and Charlotte’s is a bean stalk”. “It’s not!” replied Charlotte and an argument nearly started but was quickly diffused with the suggestion that we wander along and find out.
I love the fact that both kids have been working on this, and that the festival was already into it’s second and last week, yet neither child had thought to mention it.
There were anchors of every shape and size from all kinds of groups. All the schools were represented as well as local craft groups, the local hospice and church groups. Some of the anchors were incredibly elaborate, some were much more simple. There was poetry written by some of the older school children and a bucket in the pub for donations towards the friends of the canal group.
Our walk was made even better by the beautiful sunset and rainbow that we were treated to. The kids ran from one anchor to the next looking for theirs (we spotted Charlotte’s first but she refused to accept that it was hers) while me and Bob walked behind. We stopped to look at the cygnets and see how they had grown since our last visit but we (Bob) forgot the bread so there was no feeding today. We walked the length of the canal looking at the horses and sheep along the way before walking back (a 2 mile walk in total) and enjoying the sunset over the river.
It’s rare a trip like this goes without a hitch (even a mini adventure) but today was one of those days where everyone was in a good mood.
Worth knowing: The canal festival is on 17th-31st October all along the canal. My suggestion would be to park at the river end and walk up and down and that way you can enjoy a meal or a drink in the Bay Horse pub at the end.