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|You're looking at a
canal in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It's a little unusual,
because there is a barrier, or fence, between the canal
and the towpath. Most English canals don't have this, after
all, the towpath's original function dates back to the days,
when horses pulled the barge along the canal, and a fence
would have got in the way.
Today, any barges are powered by diesel and the towpath has become a place to walk.
So here we have water, boats, a convenient path and a route through the heart of the city, all of which spells disaster in the making for young children. The canals aren't deep, apart from in the locks, an adult would have no trouble keeping their head above water. It's different for a child, however, and the problem is compounded by an unpleasant few who see the canal as a good place to dump that old bicycle or shopping trolley.