All aboard a boat day

23rd May 2011' A boat festival was held by Castleford Heritage Trust. ' LOCATION: Castleford Lock, off Lock Lane, Castleford'Pictured: Priya Page takes control with help from Skipper Mikey Moore.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
23rd May 2011' A boat festival was held by Castleford Heritage Trust. ' LOCATION: Castleford Lock, off Lock Lane, Castleford'Pictured: Priya Page takes control with help from Skipper Mikey Moore.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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NATURE-loving residents got a rare glimpse of the Castleford countryside – from on board a boat.

Castleford Heritage Trust invited townsfolk to join a series of trips along the Aire and Calder Navigation during the town’s annual boat week.

Three boats from the Safe Anchor Trust were available to community groups and schools for pre-booked journeys from Thursday to Saturday – but families could also step on board for a free trip at the weekend.

Paul Roberts, woodland access ranger, said: “I hope the event has shown residents what beautiful countryside they have on their doorstep, and the plans we have to improve access to those areas.

“The boat trips were a great opportunity to see the countryside in a different light.”

As well as enjoying a free short boat trip, residents also enjoy a barbecue and outdoor activities on Saturday.

On Sunday, townsfolk in Airedale or Fryston were invited to join a two-hour trip to celebrate International Biodiversity Day as part of the £125,000 Fryston Woods Access and Improvement project.

It is funded by Natural England, NHS Wakefield District and Wakefield Council.