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Calder and Hebble Navigation

Description of Calder and Hebble Navigation: Runs from the junction with the Aire and Calder (Wakefield Section) to Sowerby Bridge.

History of Calder and Hebble Navigation: Promoted by Acts of 1758, 1769 and 1825. Opened from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge in 1770. The branch to Halifax was opened in 1828 and abandoned in 1942.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of Calder and Hebble Navigation: Many of the locks still use the unique Calder & Hebble handspike to raise the paddles. Make sure you have one before navigating the canal.

Elland Lock

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  • The South Pennine Ring , Released in 2002, 57 minutes Produced by VideoActive, The Huddersfield Narrow and Broad canals, Calder & Hebble, Rochdale and Ashton Canal. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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  • Sagar Marine Ltd Dutch barge specialists based at Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble Canal.
  • Shire Cruisers Hire boats based at Sowerby Bridge where the Calder & Hebble meets the Rochdale Canal.
  • Pennine Waterways Peak Forest, Ashton, Rochdale, Leeds & Liverpool, Huddersfield and other canals in the area.
  • Ledgard Bridge Boats Limited Builder of both narrow and broad- beam boats
  • South Pennine Boat Club Boat Club on the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Mirfield.
  • Calder Navigation Society The society was formed in 1969 as an association of Boaters, Ramblers and others who are interested in the preservation and development of the Calder & Hebble Navigation, the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the Wakefield Branch of the Aire & Calder Navigation, and other associated waterways.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Calder and Hebble Navigation: Wakefield to Broadcut Top Lock: Length 120 foot, beam 17 foot 6 inches. The rest of the navigation to Sowerby Bridge: Length 57 foot 6 inches, beam 14 foot 2 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Calder and Hebble Navigation: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Fall Ing Lock No 1

Junction with Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) junction

0

1

N

SE342198

111

Wakefield Flood Gates

0.5

1

N

SE336198

111

Thornes Locks No 2 (Double Locks)

1.4

2

N

SE327188

111

Thornes Flood Gates

2

2

N

SE319186

111

Motorway Bridge (M1)

2.8

2

N

SE312178

110

Broad Cut Low Lock No 3

3.1

3

N

SE308173

111

Waller Bridge

Navigaion Inn and Railway Viaduct

3.3

3

N

SE305171

111

Broad Cut Top Lock No 4

3.6

4

N

SE302170

111

Horbury Bridge

A642 Road Bridge, Bingley Arms Hotel (Flood Control Point)

5.1

4

N

SE279178

110

Bridge and Horbury Cut (closed)

5.8

4

N

SE271185

110

Figure of Three Locks No 5

No 6 follows shortly

6.1

5

N

SE267188

110

Mill Bank Lock No 7

6.8

7

N

SE258193

110

Dewsbury Arm Junction

Junction with Aire & Calder Dewsbury Old Cut Section Dewsbury Basin at the end of the arm is three-quarters of a mile away.

7.3

7

N

SE250198

110

Thornhill Double Locks Nos 8 & 9

7.3

9

N

SE249198

110

Forge Lane Bridge

8.1

9

N

SE236199

110

Thornhill Flood Gates

8.8

9

N

SE231202

104

Greenwood Lock No 10

Ravensthorpe Village

9.6

10

N

SE222197

110

Greenwood Flood Gates

9.9

10

N

SE219198

110

Shepley Bridge Lock No 11

The Ship Inn, Shepley Bridge

10.1

11

N

SE214197

110

British Waterways Board Yard

Dry Dock and section Inspectors Office.

10.1

11

N

SE213197

110

Mirfield Bridge No 20

10.4

11

N

SE212196

110

Ledgard Flood Gates

11

11

N

SE202196

110

Battyeford Lock No 12

11.6

12

N

SE190203

104

Battye Flood Gates

12.3

12

N

SE182208

104

Cooper Bridge Lock No 13

12.5

13

N

SE178204

104

Cooper Bridge Flood Gates

12.8

13

N

SE175207

104

Huddersfield Broad Canal Junction

Junction with Huddersfield Broad Canal River Calder junction

12.8

13

N

SE174208

104

Kirklees Low Lock No 14

13.3

14

N

SE171215

104

Kirklees Top Lock No 15

13.5

15

N

SE168218

104

Anchor Pit Flood Gates

Kirklees

14.3

15

N

SE160218

104

Brighouse Locks No 16

No 17 follows shortly

15.1

16

N

SE148226

104

Brighouse Basin Entrance

Landscaped basin, with moorings, close to the town centre.

15.1

17

N

SE147227

104

Ganny Lock No 18

15.8

18

N

SE139228

104

Brookfoot Lock No 19

Flood Control Point

16.3

19

N

SE134228

104

Cromwell Lock No 20

16.6

20

N

SE130225

104

Park Nook Lock No 21

17.5

21

N

SE113221

104

Elland Lock No 22

17.9

22

N

SE111218

104

Woodside Mills Lock No 23

18.6

23

N

SE101213

104

Long Lee Lock No 24

19

24

N

SE099218

104

Salterhebble Lock No 25

Locks 26 and 27 follow shortly

19.4

25

N

SE095224

104

Junction with Halifax Branch (closed)

19.4

27

N

SE094225

104

Sowerby Bridge Basin

Junction with Rochdale Canal Rochdale Canal junction

21.5

27

N

SE065237

104

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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