Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

– Walt Whitman, ‘Song of the Open Road’


The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles.  It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet. The towpath offers a great long distance walk, from the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool through superb scenery to the very centre of Leeds. In March 2009, with the opening of the canal link at Liverpool’s Pier Head, I decided to attempt the walk.

Canal link



5 thoughts on “Walking the Leeds-Liverpool canal

  1. Is this the Gerry Cordon who I met at some of the Liverpool Uni/Dylan related things many years ago? You used to buy albums from me at my shop ..Hot Wax in Moorfields in the mid 70’s? Saw your link re MLK on Expecting Rain. Love the site and about to delve more into it t

    1. Well there might be more than one! I have a vague memory of the Uni Dylan events, and I did occasionally call in at Hot Wax, but I have to admit I made most of my purchases from Geoff in Probe. Thanks for reading, Chris.

    1. Hi, Ken. I didn’t do it all in one go, but in separate walks, using public transport until I got too far from home, then driving to the start point and using bus or train to get back to it. As you can see, I did it in 12 stages, not all the same length, but averaging around 12 miles. Hope that helps. It’s a great walk!

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