24th - 27th September 2018 (3 nights)
From: Granary Wharf (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
To: Granary Wharf (Leeds & Liverpool canal)
Via: Wakefield (Aire & Calder Navigation)
HIGHLIGHTS: Royal Armories,
Thwaites Mill Museum,
Stanley Ferry Aqueduct.
Leeds to Wakefield & Return
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After we return from our little holiday (although everyday on board to us feels like a holiday anyway) we’re going to have a reverse break – starting in Leeds and heading over to Wakefield.
We’ll begin at Granary Wharf and after a short cruise down the Aire through Leeds Centre, will pass the entrance to Clarence Dock and down lock 1 on the Aire & Calder Navigation. Looking back up stream we can take a good look at the new weir that has been built to protect Leeds from ‘one hundred year events’… costing circa £50 MILLIION (eek), let’s hope it works.
As we chug down the river, we’ll keep an eye out for Kingfishers which we’ve seen on the stretch between here and Knostrop several times… alas, never with a decent camera to hand!
Once through Knostrop lock, we’ll have to be alert as we’re now in the territory of Leeds Rowing club – FAR too strenuous for our taste but each to their own. If our guests would like, we can stop at Thwaites Mill Museum for a quick visit and later continue on – either to Woodlesford to overnight or a little further towards Lemonroyd.
The following morning, we’ll pass through the enormous Lemonyrod mechanised lock and back on to the River Aire for a while towards Castleford Junction where we’ll turn right and up the River Calder, passing under Methley Bridge, around fairies hill before we leave the River at Woodnook Lock – We spent an interesting few hours moored here last year - with the river in flood, when the mechanised lock broke… 4 boats tied to the lock pontoon for several hours whilst CRT mended it.
Once through Woodnook lock we’re back on canal for a while a we chug towards Wakefield. We’ll pass over the new Stanley Ferry aqueduct (so as to view the old one) before heading back on to the river and into the town centre. Hopefully, we’ll get tied up on the visitor moorings but if they’re full, we’ll travel on to the river to turn and then moor a little farther down.
Next day after breakfast, we’ll begin our return journey and perhaps break it at Castleford or maybe further up on a rural mooring around Lemonroyd.
On our final morning, we’ll continue re-tracing our steps (chugs?) upstream and back into Leeds before we say goodbye to our guests in the early afternoon. There is an option to tag on an extra night’s stay on the boat in Leeds if required for an extra charge.