Jude and I love walking on the towpaths alongside the canals of Shropshire and Powys. In November on a cold afternoon we walked a short stretch of the Montgomery Canal with our daughter Jo, beginning at the canal side organic cafe where we enjoyed coffee and cake.
A tiny barge was moored up close to the cafe and we could see other barges up ahead some with gently smoking chimneys. The welcoming aroma of woodsmoke called us down the towpath.
Silhouettes of dried seed heads, the remnants of summer’s flowers emphasised their skeletal outlines.
The hedgerow alongside the towpath separating the canal from the fields alongside were full of native shrubs and wildflowers. Berries added extra colour and invited feeding birds of the thrush family in to enjoy.
We found more barges moored on the canal banks, passed beneath old stone-built bridges and even found a swing bridge as we continued our walk, before returning to the cafe car park.
So our short wander came to an end but I’m sure it won’t be long before we take time out for another canal walk, which I will share with you.