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After a couple of days back at base, we’re ready to set off on our next adventure - the South Pennine Ring. We’ll pick up our guests at Wakefield Visitor Moorings (near the Ruddy Duck pub) and set sail up the River Calder hopping on and off the Calder and Hebble Navigation before we moor for our first evening at Broad Cut -just above the top lock and perhaps treat ourselves to fish and chips in the Kingfisher restaurant up at Calder Grove and/or have a pint in the Navigation pub… It’s been flooded out many times in recent years as the Calder can get quite aggressive. This is home ground to us as we lived in Calder Grove for a few years.
HOPEFULLY the weather will be kind as due to the location, flash floods can lead to some interesting boating conditions but don't worry - we'll keep an eye on weather forecasts and prepare as necessary.
Next morning, we ascend Thornhill Double locks – unless the bottom gates have been repaired, we’ll probably have to run some water into the pound before we commence as historically we’ve always found this the case. Don’t worry though – the cut fills from the river a little further up so we’ll do no harm. The next few miles of our journey are rather pleasant, nipping on and off the river several times before we moor for the night either around Mirfield or in the flood lock at Cooper Bridge.
Our plan the next day is to head up river - passing the Salterhebble branch continuing on towards Sowerby Bridge where we’ll moor for the evening.
Leaving Sowerby Bridge we’ll continue on the Rochdale Canal, climbing up the valley through beautiful scenic landscapes and pretty towns and the locks at Hebden Bridge - a smashing little town – quite Bohemian with lots of interesting things to do and look around. Keep an eye out for an Ape Sculpture beside broad bottom lock (7).
The next section is quite heavily locked as we climb towards Todmorden where we’ll moor for the night to recover.
After a night in the town, we’ll set off towards the Summit - a hard climb lays ahead (depending on where abouts we tied up the previous night)… The views are breath-taking and despite how tiring it can be, worth every bit of effort. we’ll continue our journey onwards and aim to arrive around West summit lock 37 and wait until 9 am the following morning for the CRT folk to unlock and let us continue.
More hard locks lay ahead of us but we’ll have had 3 shredded wheat to ensure we can cope! After another day of beautiful scenery we’ll moor up around Littleborough (bottom lock 48) before our guests depart the following day to return home or continue their adventure independently.
Wakefield - Littleborough £695 pp
2nd - 9th August 2019 (7nights)
From: Wakefield Visitor
Moorings(Calder & Hebble
To: Littleborough (Rochdale Canal)
HIGHTLIGHTS: The Hepworth