Yesterday, all four of us, and Archie, took a walk down The Lines. This is another walk which Archie is regularly taken on so I thought you might like to come along with us this time.
The Lines started as the Leeds, Castleford and Pontefract Junction Railway but was taken over by North Eastern in 1878, before it had opened. It ceased passenger services in 1951 and goods traffic stopped in 1969, though one and a half miles of track were left in place in Castleford until 1998 for the use of the collieries and open cast sites.
This is where The Lines start.
The beginning of The Lines is a long ginnel between rows of houses.
It was a gorgeous morning and we came up on a lucky black cat sunning herself on a fence.
We were being watched as we made our way further down the ginnel. Just look at the gorgeous blue sky.
We noticed bulbs popping up from the soil all over the place. Spring must be on it's way.
At the end of the ginnel we pass under a bridge. This takes us underneath the very busy A63 Selby Road. At this point we carry on down a track in to the countryside.
We noticed ladybirds out in abundance. I hope they haven't come out of their slumber too early.
We come to another bridge which we pass under.
Archie loves water. He manages to sniff puddles out even on the dryest of days, which yesterday wasn't, he was in his element. Look at those muddy paws.
We head further along the track.
Eventually we come to a crossroads.
We decide to turn left in to the next village, Kippax. There's horses in the field to our right which Archie is very interested in.
We make it to Kippax where we come to this interesting looking door. I wonder what's behind it.
Aren't these handles cute? Horses heads.
From Kippax we can take a circular route back home, but we decide to head back the way we came instead.
Achie loves being free to have a sniff. Lots of dog walkers use The Lines so he picks up lots of scents on his walks.
Archie missed this puddle on the way there, he didn't miss it on the way back!
Back under the bridge we go.
This photo doesn't show just how dirty Archie got, he had to have a bath when he got home.
We passed through another nearby village today, Allerton Bywater, so I took this photo of the entrance to The Lines from there.
It's important to get out in the sunshine at this time of year, you never know what weather the following day will bring.
Hope you all enjoyed coming with us on another of Archie's walks.