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Aire & Calder Main Line

Description of Aire & Calder Main Line: From junction with Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line, and Leeds Bridge to entrance locks to Goole Docks, junction with River Ouse.

History of Aire & Calder Main Line: Wholly opened from Leeds to Wakefield in 1704 and to Selby in 1721.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of Aire & Calder Main Line: The large locks are electrically operated, by lock keepers when commercial traffic is expected but by boaters at other times. A red light means don't enter the lock, green means enter and amber means the lock is boater operated.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Ferry Bridge Lock - 1994

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  • CH106 (Aire & Calder Navigation) , 40 minutes Produced by IA Recordings, On a hot summer day in August 1997, the Cawoods Hargreaves push tug CH106 takes full 170 tonne compartment boats to Ferrybridge C power station where they are marshalled, lifted 12m by the gigantic boat hoist and coal tipped into hoppers. The empty boats are then re-assembled into a train and towed through Ferrybridge Lock. Produced with support from the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester. Note there is no sound commentary. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The Last Run II (Yorkshire Ouse and Aire & Calder Navigation) , 26 minutes Produced by IA Recordings, Two Journeys. The first is Acaster's purpose Built 'Little Shuva' pushing two barges loaded with newsprint up to York, recorded in April 1997. Sadly, this traffic is no more. The second is Dean & Dyball's Trentaire on the last run with sewage effluent from Knostrop near Leeds to Goole. Note there is no sound commentary. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • Humber Energy (Aire & Calder Navigation , 32 minutes Produced by IA Recordings, This video follows Captain Jim Pearson as he steers a John H Whitaker tanker 'Humber Energy' from Immingham up the Aire & Calder Navigation to Leeds with a load of 550 tonnes. There is a commentary from John Pearson to accompany the film. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Aire & Calder Main Line: Boats of up to 142 foot long with a beam of 18 foot 9 inches can navigate to Leeds. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Aire & Calder Main Line: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Leeds Bridge

Junction with Leeds and Liverpool Canal Leeds & Liverpool Canal junction

0

0

N

SE302331

104

Crown Point Bridge

0.4

0

N

SE307331

104

Leeds Lock No 1

0.6

1

N

SE309329

104

Suspension Bridge

1

1

N

SE313324

104

Knostrop Flood Lock No 2

1.4

2

N

SE315318

104

Knostrop Fall Lock No 3

2

3

N

SE322312

104

Fish Pond Lock No4

4

4

N

SE354300

104

Woodllesford Lock No 5

5.3

5

N

SE366294

104

Swillington Bridge

A642 road bridge

5.5

5

N

SE370292

104

Lemonroyd Lock No 6

6.8

6

N

SE384277

104

Savile Colliery Basin

7

6

N

SE386275

104

Kippax Lock No 7

8.5

7

N

SE409279

105

Allerton Wharf

9

7

N

SE416275

105

Castleford Junction

Junction with Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section Wakefield Section of the Aire and Calder Navigation junction. Turn left going downstream here, when traffic lights are green. Avoid weir straight ahead.

10

7

N

SE424263

105

Castleford Flood Lock No 8

10

8

N

SE425263

105

Bulholme Lock No 9

10.8

9

N

SE433267

105

Fairburn

13.3

9

N

SE466272

105

Ferry Bridge Lock No 10

Flood Lock

15.3

10

N

SE485244

105

Mill Bridge

15.8

10

N

SE482241

105

Cow Lane Bridge

16.8

10

N

SE503238

105

Bank Dole Junction

Junction with Aire & Calder Navigation - Selby Section Selby Branch of the Aire and Calder Navigation junction

17

10

N

SE508239

105

Whitley Lock No 11

21

11

N

SE566221

105

Pollington Lock No 12

24.5

12

N

SE615192

111

Crowcroft Bridge

25

12

N

SE624189

111

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Canal Junction

Junction with Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal Sheffield and South Yorkshire Junction Canal junction

26.8

12

N

SE651187

111

Beever's Bridge

27.5

12

N

SE662189

111

Rawcliffe Bridge

30.3

12

N

SE700211

105

Railway Bridge

Doncaster Line

32.9

12

N

SE731225

112

South Dock Bridge

A161 road bridge

33.8

12

N

SE744229

106

Ocean Lock No 13

Junction with River Ouse (Yorkshire) Entrance Lock to Goole Docks, Junction with River Ouse.

34

13

N

SE748229

106

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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