SD9952 : Skipton Castle

taken 12 years ago, near to Skipton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

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Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle
The ramparts of Skipton Castle as viewed from the Springs Canal.
Springs Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Skipton :: SD9851
There is a short spur off the Leeds & Liverpool canal in Skipton called the Springs Branch. Originally this branch stopped after just a quarter of a mile at High Corn Mill, just after the Mill Bridge(Bridge No. 2), however later it was extended for a further quarter mile to facilitate bringing limestone quarried from near to Skipton Castle. This extension was created by Lord Thanet, then part owner of Skipton Castle and the limestone mine. This branch line is not only narrow, but has no turning point for boats over 35' in length. It is fed by an interesting network of leats and reservoirs in Skipton Woods with numerous sluices, weirs and conduits ensuring the water supply. The source of all this water is Eller Beck Link which rises to the north of Skipton on Embsay Moor. (Note there are numerous Eller Becks in northern Britain, "eller" meaning willow - a very common streamside tree.)
Of course the water from the Springs Branch then flows into the main Leeds and Liverpool canal helping to keep its level up too.
The Springs Branch was completed to the Castle in 1797, and metal chutes were used to drop quarried limestone 120' from high up by the Castle, down into waiting barges on the canal. This practice finally ceased in 1946 but some relics of these old industrial workings can still be made out.
These days, this little branch line forms a very attractive walk out of Skipton town centre underneath the brooding Norman castle and out into the woods beyond.
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 July, 2007   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 June, 2008
Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 991 520 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.8879N 2:0.8392W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 992 521
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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