- Horse-drawn canal boat navigates Leeds-Liverpool canal
- August 16, 2012 | 0 Responses
A horse-drawn canal boat has completed a journey from Leeds to Liverpool on the recently-extended stretch of water.
Travelling the 128-mile extended length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the vessel drawn by horse Bilbo Baggins was the first trip of this kind in 68 years, the BBC reports.
In fact, according to Horseboating Society chairwoman Sue Day, this is the only time such a journey has made the city centre – with the whole entourage reaching Pier Head after five months on water and land.
Ms Day, who travelled onboard, admitted: "People have been flabbergasted at the sight.
"We are trying to preserve and promote horse boating and keep the skills and traditions going."
She said she is only one of five people to possess a horse-drawn boat in the country.
After a £22 million investment, the Liverpool Canal Link opened to vessels in April 2009 and passes many listed buildings, including the Three Graces.