Pathways – Ailsa’s WTT

Now I’m convinced! Ailsa is missing home so much that she knew if the topic of this week’s challenge had anything to do with roads, walkways or paths that I would fall for her little trick. Yes, of course I will.

The beginning of the Deep Sinking on the Royal Canal, IrelandHere in Ireland one can never be too far from a canal or a waterway. There’s something special about these man-made rivers. Two originate in Dublin and wind their way through the city, eventually reaching the countryside. The canals were the hi-tech infrastructure of their day. They linked communities and towns all along their routes between the distant Shannon and Dublin City.

Old structures as seen from the towpath... The Royal and the Grand Canals began life before the first days of the 1800’s. Pathways along to the canal were not only there for the odd fellow who wanted to walk his dog on a rare sunny day. The pathways, or towpaths, were vital. It was on these pathways that the real motive power for the barges was to be found. Horses. Yep, they pulled the boats along. Soon the term ‘horse walk’ became the norm in Ireland. An expression still used by those in the know.

Eerie sunlight filters trough.... the Deep Sinking, Royal Canal, IrelandOne of my many favourite section of the Royal Canal is the Deep Sinking. This section was cut through rock. In places the towpath is more than ten meters above the water. In summer, when the trees are at their greenest best, this section of canal has an almost magical attraction. All around the city rushes along at today’s modern pace yet only meters away it is as if time has frozen. There’s an eerie quite down along the waterline… one can almost hear the whispers of the souls who died while cutting the channel out of the living rock. Almost.

Tranquil stillness below the canopy...These photos were taken in 2011. Next Saturday I’ll again walk through here. This time with a different camera and a different mission. The plan is to raise awareness and funds for the Midlands SIMON Community. I have the charity donation page already set up so if you’re feeling to give me your seal of approval all you have to do is click here and proceed. Thank you in advance! See you along the towpath, soon!

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22 Responses to Pathways – Ailsa’s WTT

  1. wow what a beautiful place, Im sure if it stopped raining where I am long enough for me to venture into the ‘wilderness’ I could find some natural beauty close to home…In fact I feel you may have inspired me to do this soon 🙂

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  2. beautiful .. what a lovely place

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    • aj vosse says:

      Thanks… yes, beautiful it is! I’ll have new photos by this time next week so do please visit again in about 2 weeks time for another look…

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  3. livvy30 says:

    Passed by the canal today and it looked lovely!

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  4. ailsapm says:

    Oh AJ I love it, thanks for taking me for a stroll down the towpath to Deep Sinking. xxx

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  5. Ah, how wonderful! One of my pictures this week is of the Grand Canal. Now I definitely need to get back and check out the Deep Sinking.

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    • aj vosse says:

      Ah yes, that’s a sight on the GC I see often… have been working in the area for almost 18 months and usually have lunch in the building just across the road from the First Lock…

      As for visiting the Deep Sinking… join me next Saturday… there may still be blossoms on a few tree when I walk it then! 😉

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      • If I were there, I would. Extra-enjoy it and know I’ll be with you in spirit.

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        • aj vosse says:

          There’ll be a full account of the walk! Do feel free to click into my ‘RC & GC Walks’ pages… I’ve done both before so you’ll get a fair idea of the routes… if you have the time to wade through all the posts!! 😉

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  6. Beautiful words and images. I followed behind you every step of the way. All best wishes with your charity event next week — I will donate as soon as I can. Blessings to you. Michele

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    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you!

      Yes, next week this time I should almost be finished with the first leg of the walk. I’ll do a few more introductory posts next week… to set the scene. 😉

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  7. My relatives often talked of the beauty of Ireland when I was young. Your pictures showed they weren’t just full of blarney. I look forward to seeing the next set from this area!

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    • aj vosse says:

      Yep… it’s not all just Guinness fueled tales of green glory!

      Hopefully the next set will be with an upgraded camera… with a bit of luck it will make the canal look even greater! 😉

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