Before we set off on our first full trip (to Liverpool and back) we’ve been asked if we might fit in a 2 night “taster cruise”… SO –we thought we’d have a “maiden voyage” and have a couple of nights practice at being nice to people… The captain is hoping he’ll be OK – the 1st officer is naturally much friendlier :-)
We’re going to try and fit in a 2 night break up to Shepley Bridge and back...we usually do this over 3 nights but with a decent start, we should make it without too much stress. It's a lovely cruise – hopping on and off the River Calder between Wakefield and Cooper bridge, where we’ll turn on the 2nd day.
Leaving our home mooring at Stanley Ferry – (Wakefield) we’ll turn right onto the River Calder and head upstream towards Fall Ing Lock. This is beginning of the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
After a brief spell of canal, we’ll be back on the River again with a Left turn upstream towards Thornes Cut.
Next follows another short spell on the canal before we’ll re-join the River and continue upstream to Broad cut, where we’ll leave the river a get back onto the canal for a while. Our first evening’s stay will probably be rural either just before the Dewsbury arm (to facilitate a walk – perhaps to the Leggers Pub) or if we’re feeling a little more energetic, a little farther upstream after Thornhill Double Lock. Compared to the broad canal and wide River around here, this is a relatively narrow a rural setting…. We quite like it .
Next morning after breakfast, we’ll head back on to the River and continue upstream through Greenwood Lock, then pass through Shepley Bridge lock , then Mirfield and on to Cooper Bridge Junction to turn.
We’ll begin our return journey, back downstream Retracing our steps (chugs?) and try to get as far as Calder Grove (Broad Cut) to spend our second evening just above the top lock. From here we can have a walk to the Navigation pub and/or pay a visit to the Kingfisher (a rather good chippy) for our evening meal.
On our final morning, we’ll continue downstream for a leisurely 3 hour cruise back to our mooring and bid our guests farewell.
This cruise is a little vulnerable to the moods of the River Calder… if conditions indicate going up stream on the river would be un-safe, we can head the other way – on the wide Aire & Calder navigation through the larger and automated locks as far as Altofts Cut /Woodnook lock.
Whilst not as pretty as the planned cruise, we can still have a pleasant chug and there are a couple of pubs to visit – admittedly MORE walking is required to find them though - We can at also practice manoeuvring, mooring and turning the boat… preferably NOT after a visit to the pub!
Maiden Voyage... Stanley Ferry to Cooper Bridge & return Booked
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3rd - 5th April 2018 (2 nights)
From: Stanley Ferry (Aire & Calder
To: Stanley Ferry (Aire & Alder
Via: Cooper Bridge (Calder & Hebble
HIGHLIGHTS: Stanley Ferry Aqueduct,
Safe Anchor Trust.