Well not exactly to Crinan this time, but another walk along the canal. Today we parked a mile or so from Crinan village at the Bellanoch bridge, and headed east from there.
I was surprised to see this lovely creature sunning itself on a rock*
I hope it found its way safely back to sea, the rock was submerged by the incoming tide when we returned.
The start of our walk retraced our footsteps of 19th November, but we continued on, reaching the midway point of the canal
We’d taken lunch but unfortunately the picnic area was out of bounds**.
The canal is drained for maintenance east of Dunardry locks, and fenced off in places to avoid nasty accidents.
The route beyond Dunardry locks was new to us. So it was fun discovering new sights.
That part of the path isn’t shaded by the hills and is a real sun trap, there were still flowers blooming in the gardens. The canal is nowhere near as busy as it would have been in its heyday as a shortcut***, and some of the cottages are now holiday homes, but there still seems to be a community living along its banks. In fact that resulted in the one downside of today’s walk, part of the towpath is open to cars so we had to keep DogS on the lead.
Oh no! I’ve just realised there are no photos of DogS from today’s walk. So instead, here she is relaxing in front of the stove here at home.
As well as our seal friend there were lots of songbirds and this larger specimen.
I’m not sure if it’s clear in the photo, it was a grey heron.
And even though we were back to the car by 3pm, the shadows were lengthening.
MrS drove home so I was able to enjoy the glorious sunset. I’m hoping the red sky means another nice day tomorrow.
*seals are fairly common here but that one was quite far upstream
**of course we ate it anyway, we found a bench, and DogS got apple sharesies
***even now, in non Covid years, around 3,000 vessels transit the canal, these will be almost exclusively leisure craft.