Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Limekilns-R-Us - Follow On

 Living less than a mile from the Leeds Liverpool canal I'm by it most days so took some more photo's today to add to the end of the Limekilns-R-Us post -----------------
As a follow on to the comment from Alen McEff in the last post I had a quick trip this afternoon (Sat.) along the canal to Foulridge to show an improved kiln

just short of 3 miles from home, but I took the opportunity of dining out by heating up some of last nights left over cottage pie where we'd boiled a couple of inches of fresh chopped Turmeric root in with the potatoes before mashing them - made them nice and yellow with just a hint of a unique taste hard to pin down abit gooseberry sharp'ish over to McEff ?
stoves a meths burner in a Heinz sponge pudding tin wind shield pot support the holes cut with a church key can opener
wine was a Californian Blackburn and James this time a Shiraz from Lodi and a monkey tea brew from the billy water again before heading back
just thought I'd share - cheers all Danny
had to go to Foulridge today so took some more photo's these are on the end wall of the building above

looking towards "the mile tunnel"
here's a link to the above boat http://www.boattrips.info/ if you scroll down there's a 2012 leaflet click here with timetable and fares for trips through the tunnel

the railway spanned the canal just by the wharf and there's a way onto the track
I called in at the Anchor Inn at Salterforth on the way home (see map)
where there's a sharp bend in the canal as the road goes over the bridge

cheers all --- if your not bored yet ? Danny


  1. Ah, I have several points I wish to raise Danny. First, the lime kilns: these are interesting because they were built all over the limestone areas – including the Furness peninsula where I grew up – so it must have been quite a sizeable industry at one time, yet it has totally disappeared. When you drive around the countryside you see little kilns tucked in the corners of fields, so at one time everyone must have been at it. So thank you for that information. Second, the turmeric root – gooseberry is a fair description. It’s strange stuff, much softer and more moist and fragrant than I expected. I’ve also discovered that if you eat it raw it turns your tongue yellow – but I’ve a feeling you warned me about that sort of thing. Thirdly, thank you for the Russian Caravan tea because it is absolutely delicious. It has a smoky wildness that demands to be drunk out of doors.
    Cheers now, Alen McF

  2. Interesting read Danny. There are quite a few limekilns in my area and one or two have been restored. As Alen says, a major industry that has disappeared - it must have employed a lot of people at one time though. The Heinz pudding tin windshield in a clever idea.

  3. Recieved via e-mail from John in USA :-
    You have done it again. Wonderful outing. The photos of the stonework certainly show the skill of the stone masons. The villages look like something out of the 18th century. I hope progress doesn't destroy any of these things. Thanks for sharing with me and the others who admire your travels. John