Yesterday we had our Sunday family walk along a two mile stretch of Chichester Canal. The canal itself runs from the city centre, all the way to the marina and the sea. Only a short stretch of it is still navigable, although there are some ambitious plans to rebuild a bridge and reopen the whole length of the waterway.
I’ve always liked canals, particularly after a brilliant family holiday we had a few years ago on the Brecon & Momouthshire Canal. Being beside the water is lovely anyway, but canals are always tranquil and full of wildlife and clues about their lost history.
I didn’t realise until this weekend, but Turner painted a famous masterpiece depicting this stretch of canal and when I Googled it and compared it to the photo I took at the start of our walk the view is almost identical. There is actually a lovely house for sale in this spot with a slipway and a patio that looks out on the water, though I think a few of us might need to club together to afford it!
The other thing that is great about canals at this time of year is the lack of mud! Country living is not very glamorous in the winter and I am a little fed up with constantly washing the dogs/bikes/boots down every morning. So a run on the tow path was exactly what we needed!
Talking of which, have I ever mentioned what a huge success Theo’s balance bike has been? We bought it for him the Christmas before last and he is very rarely off it. I would recommend them to anyone, particularly if you have trouble persuading little legs to walk long distances.
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