Silence of a Water Pathway – south path along the Fossdyke Canal
This is a walking venture, there and back - an experiment in consciously sifting your awareness through the soundscape and finding silent space in between various sounds.
The path you listen along is a secluded corridor between slow moving water on one side with an array of floating vessels moored or chugging by almost at walking pace. On the length of the other side trees and greenery hide a train line and with a rhythm of creative exuberance, plots of land claimed by the folk with boats moored - an assortment of handmade sheds, gleaned belongings, other vehicles, and a few chickens.
The silence as you walk the towpath is in the slap of water on hulls, stink of diesel smoke, shimmering willows with their feet at the waterline, a kingfisher fishing, whistling swan's wings, and especially the chat and laughter of people in a community of their own making.
Notice sound as it comes to you, unfolding and refolding as you walk along. Train roar may emerge and be gone – emphasising the returning silence.
This is the oldest canal in England still in use, since around 120 AD. It connects the River Trent with the River Witham.