Monday, 23 April 2012

Bilbo Baggins and the 'Elland'

Saltaire World Heritage Celebrations 2012

One of the highlights of this year's celebrations was the visit of the horseboat 'Elland', towed by Bilbo Baggins, owned by Sue Day of the Horseboating Society.  It's the first time a horseboat has visited this stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in more than half a century.  The last boathorse on this canal retired in the 1960s.  The horse was harnessed up on the towpath in the centre of Saltaire and he hauled the boat right up to Hirst Wood Lock and back, making a couple of trips, much to the delight of the many visitors and other passers-by on the towpath.

For more details about the Horseboating Society, please look at their website.

I have posted other photos taken at Saltaire's World Heritage Weekend on my main blog 'Salt & Light' (from Sunday 22 April onwards).


  1. Oh my goodness, Jenny! This is absolutely wonderful, nostalgic (for a past I never had) and every photo should be framed. Just beautiful!!

  2. So pretty! :)
    ~Natalya (friend of Cranberry Morning!)

  3. Wonderful series, Jenny!

    [After all this time I still need to prove I'm not a robot to you, Jenny? LOL!]

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    1. Hello,

      Towed by towed by Bilbo Baggins? No way. How exciting.

      That looks like a well fed and well treated horse. Hence the happy horse.

      Nice to meet you.

  5. A Wonderful blog! Well Done Jenny!

  6. Wow, I almost missed seeing this. These are great photos. I love the whole setting and seeing all that happens as the horse pulls the boat along the canal. Great shots.