Skipton Waterway Festival

The Skipton Waterway Festival is a popular canal boat event held in the Skipton canal basin in Yorkshire. It is due to attract around 60 to 70 boaters to the three day festival with around 10,000 visitors expected over the bank holiday weekend.

This year the theme of Tour De France Grand Depart was chosen by the organisers, as the first leg of the Tour De France, known as the Grand Depart will be passing through Skipton this year on Saturday 5th July 2014.

 

Skipton Waterway FestivalGordon Hepworth from Skipton

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Janela’

Skipton Waterway FestivalSue Day stands on her narrowboat ‘Elland’

In 2012 Sue was the first person in 60 over years to make the journey between Leeds and Liverpool with a horsedrawn narrowboat

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Grand Depart was the theme this year

Skipton Waterway FestivalRosie and Jim!

Skipton Waterway FestivalDucks on the water in the morning sun

Skipton Waterway FestivalLooking along the canal

Skipton Waterway FestivalCarol Hayhurst sits on her boat ‘Westwood’

Skipton Waterway FestivalLooking out

Skipton Waterway FestivalCarol Hayhurst looks out of one of the hatches on her boat ‘Westwood’

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Herbie’

Skipton Waterway FestivalMoored at the canal side

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats are moored up at the start of the 3-day festival

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Juniper’ sails through one of the loch gates

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Juniper’ prepares to moor up alongside

Skipton Waterway FestivalMany of the boats are decorated with painted jugs…

Skipton Waterway Festival…of different designs. All hark back to when water was poured from barrels transported on the top of the boats.

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Constance’

Skipton Waterway FestivalVisitors enjoy a ride on a canal boat tour

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats are moored alongside

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Leeds & Liverpool canal in Skipton

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Leeds & Liverpool canal in Skipton

Skipton Waterway FestivalMolly Bond, 10, from Skipton sits on the front of her families boat

Skipton Waterway FestivalSitting on deck

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats moored alongside at the festival

Skipton Waterway FestivalJack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire

Skipton Waterway FestivalSylvia and Jack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire on their boat ‘Katherine’

Skipton Waterway FestivalJack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire looks out of one of the hatches

Skipton Waterway FestivalSylvia Carter on board her boat ‘Katherine’ looks at some of her decorative artwork she painted

Skipton Waterway FestivalMorning papers and a brew

Skipton Waterway FestivalMany of the boats had a Grand Depart theme this year

Skipton Waterway FestivalWombles out it force

Skipton Waterway FestivalColette Sloan from Otley lies in her hammock with her guitar

Skipton Waterway Festival

Michael and Lisa Walmsley from Burnley chill out on their boat

Skipton Waterway Festival

Michael Walmsley from Burnley

Skipton Waterway Festival

A man looks out of a side hatch as flags festoon some of the boats

Skipton Waterway FestivalSkipton canal basin

 

Some of the pictures from the first day of the festival were used in theĀ Express

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