After the bank holiday weekend off in Huddersfield, we’ll be ready for new guests to join us on the 2nd September – depending on their arrival time, we’ll be setting off on the Narrow canal under the low tunnel into Apsley Basin and then begin our decent along the Huddersfield Broad Canal – the first obstacle being the remarkable Loco lift bridge built in 1865. Once through this, we have squeeze Ellis into some VERY short locks – diagonally… we’ve done it before and although it’s tight, after a couple we end up in a route that works fine. The broad canal is much underused and is actually quite pretty in parts. Once through the bottom lock on to the river, we take a sharp right turn at cooper bridge and take sanctuary off the river into the flood lock mooring area. If it’s late when we get here, we’ll moor for the night but depending on progress , might go onwards as far as Shepley Bridge to moor.
Next morning, once through Shepley Lock, we’re back on and off the river Calder once more for until we tie up for the day Wakefield town visitor moorings. Along the way we’ll have passed by South Pennine Boat club, Thornhill locks, figure of three, Broadcut, Thornes Cut and Wakefield Flood Lock.
After an evening in the town, we’ll continue downstream on the river through Fall Ing Lock and back to our home mooring at Stanley Ferry…. Perhaps pulling alongside for a moment to water the flower beds. Once over the Stanley Ferry Aqueduct, we’ll descend Birkwood then Kings Lock and back onto the river once more at Woodnook Lock.
Still travelling downstream we’ll pass Fairies hill, Methley Bridge boatyard, before we cross the River AIRE and into Castleford cut to moor for the evening – perhaps having a BBQ if the weather is favourable.
After a night in Castleford Cut, we’ll go back through the flood lock and this time, turn upstream on to the River Aire – which we’ll hop on and off all day until we reach Leeds. Mooring options are Clarence dock … or more likely Granary Wharf as there is usually more space to get alongside.
We’ll try and moor here for a couple of nights to explore Leeds and then retrace our steps (chugs?) downstream and break our return journey to Wakefield at Woodlesford.
Our final days cruising will take us back on the Rivers Aire (at Lemonroyd Lock) and Calder at Castleford Junction, before reaching the calmer waters of the Aire and Calder Navigation canal at Woodnook. Our final evening has a choice of either our home mooring at Stanley Ferry or a little farther on in Wakefield Centre.
Huddersfield - Wakefield... VIA Leeds £795 pp
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2nd - 10th September 2019 (8 nights)
From: Huddersfield (Huddersfield Narrow
To: Wakefield (Aire & Calder Navigation)
VIA: LEEDS - (Leeds and Liverpool Canal)
HIGHLIGHTS: Huddersfield Town,
Loco Lift Bridge,
Leeds City Armories,