4th April - 11th April 2020 (7 nights)
From: Leeds (Granary Wharf Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
To: Skipton (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
Highlights: Leeds City Centre with Royal Armouries,
Kirkstall Brewery Museum,
Rodley Nature Reserve,
Bingley 3 and 5 Rise.
East Riddlesden Hall
We're starting our 2020 cruising season in Leeds – We learned our lessons the hard way in our first year from Wakefield, when we had to wait for river levels to drop before we could set off... very frustrating!
Our guests will join us in Granary wharf in the afternoon of the 4th April. If the river is not in flood, we'll take a brief sojourn down stream on the 'Aire and Calder Navigation' – perhaps stopping off at the Royal Armouries Museum or if preferred, down to the new weir at Knostrop. Upon our return, we'll spend our first evening either back at Granary or In Clarence Dock (Leeds Dock).
The following morning we'll leave Leeds quite early (circa 8am) and begin our journey on the broad-locked Leeds & Liverpool canal It's a lovely trip out of Leeds towards Kirkstall Brewery with a couple of sets of staircases before we arrive in Rodley with its renowned Nature reserve, where we'll moor for the night.
After a leisurely start, we'll head out towards pretty Calverley and Airedale before mooring early afternoon in Apperley Bridge. Depending on how early we start the next day, we might stop off in Saltaire for a couple of hours before heading onwards towards the Famous Bingley 3 and 5 rise staircases.
The journey from Leeds onwards becomes quite physically challenging, with frequent swing bridges (mostly manually operated) and heavy broad locks. Don't worry though, you'll not be expected to do all the hard work - you're welcome to of course but we're quite used to them. We've chosen to offer this route as it's a lovely journey that many are put off making BECAUSE of the effort involved. We think it's worth it.
Once we're at the top of the 5 rise we'll probably have to top up the water tank and guests might wish to buy an ice-cream in the cafe if it's open (mine's a 99 please) ... after which, we'll perhaps chug along for an hour or so to Keighley where we'll moor for the night.
Next morning, we begin our (now lock free) journey on to Skipton where we'll moor for the final 2 nights of the trip to allow guests plenty of time to explore the town and all it has to offer before they depart after breakfast on the final morning to catch their train home or continue their explorations independently.