When I was younger I used to avoid the canal like the plague. Now it’s one of my favourite local spots.
The Leeds Liverpool Canal is this enormous stretch of water that connects Leeds and Liverpool. I’m closer to the the Leeds end, but there are 91 locks within the whole canal and plenty of cute stops throughout. It’s one of those things that has always been there, but I have never fully been able to appreciate until I gained an interest in nature and photography.
No matter what time of year it is, the canal always looks scenic and beautiful. Like an untouched area that’s rarely disturbed. There are ducks absolutely everywhere, that are very happy to approach humans which I’m not used to. You’ll usually pass a dog and their owner every so often, and fishermen looking for something to catch. A barge or two will pass every so often too, and if you’re by the locks, you get to see how they navigate through the water – it’s quite fascinating to see.
One of the main reasons I love the be by the canal is because it’s so quiet. The area I live in is very village-like, so there aren’t many people around anyway; and the water is still so you can sit and relax. In the winter, the canal occasionally freezes over and it’s even more beautiful!
When I was in sixth form, the canal was my favourite place to escape to. I remember experiencing a panic attack for one of the first times, and a fight or flight mindset kicked it. I chose flight, and kept speed walking until I hit this canal. From then on, almost every lunch, I would return here to write or finish homework and it’s since become a place in my heart.