Lancaster Canal in Whittle-le-Woods - January 2017
Lancaster Canal in Whittle-le-Woods - January 2017
The South End of the Lancaster Canal opened in stages between 1803 and 1810 from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal (at the foot of Johnson's Hillock Locks) to the interchange basin with the Lancaster Canal Tram Road at Walton Summit. It last carried commercial traffic in 1932 and was officially abandoned in the 1960s to allow the M61 Motorway to cross the route in three places without the need for bridges.
The half mile section through Whittle-le-Woods has plenty of interest as can be seen in these photographs. The quarries here were an early source of traffic for the canal.
The two tunnels were originally built as one longer tunnel but this collapsed in 1830, and was replaced by two shorter tunnels.
Mam Tor area - April 2017
Mam Tor area - April 2017
A bit of industrial archaeology on the way home from Barrow Hill this evening - all photos taken along the old Mam Tor road, near the Treak Cliff Cavern.
Bole Hill and Millstone Quarries - June/July 2017
Bole Hill and Millstone Quarries - June/July 2017
Two afternoon walks to explore quarries in the Derwent Valley area. Bole Hill Quarry provided most of the stone for the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs via an inclined plane down to the Hope Valley Line. More information on Bole Hill Quarry can be found here.
Near "Surprise View" on the A6187 there was a quarry that produced mill stones; many were simply abandoned in situ.