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Hebden Bridge to Wakefield - (via Stanley Ferry)

After a few days spent relaxing and exploring in Hebden Bridge we’ll be looking forward to our meeting our next set of guests joining us on the final leg back to Wakefield.  You’ll be free to arrive at the boat at any time to suit you on the Friday - just let us know in advance so we’re not out exploring the town or hiking.  We’ll spend our first evening together in Hebden Bridge before casting off on Saturday morning, bound for Sowerby Bridge.  Our journey will take us through Mytholroyd and some pleasant scenery before we moor for the day on the Visitor moorings in Sowerby (pronounced sorby) Bridge.  We’ll try and spend a couple of days here to give folk a chance to explore properly… Unfortunately our trip on this occasion doesn’t coincide with one of the few days Wainhouse tower is open for visitors to climb … it’s still worth a visit though. For more information about the town, why not visit it's website here:



After a coupe of nights here,  we’ll set sail and take a trip up the Salterhebble branch to the basin before retracing our steps and spending the night on the visitor moorings .Our next destination may be Cooper bridge or if we’ve made good progress (and the river’s been kind), we might call in at Mirfield for provisions, before moving on and spending the evening at  Shepley Bridge.


On route to Mirfield or Shepley Bridge we’ll pass through Elland and Brighouse and hop on and off the River Calder quite a few times – It’s a pleasant chug  but we need to have kept an eye on weather forecasts upstream as the Calder can rise quite quickly.  We’ll spend the next travelling on and off the river again as we go downstream towards Horbury before ultimately taking a rural mooring above Broadcut top lock – where with luck, someone will have suggested a visit to the Navigation pub... or worst case scenario, a Fish and Chip supper from the Kingfisher restaurant a short walk away up in Calder Grove.

Our final day will see us back on the Calder again towards Thorne Flood lock and then around the back of Wakefield town on a combination of cutting and river sections.  If there’s time, we’ll stop at the visitor moorings in town – perhaps for lunch in the Ruddy Duck or a visit to the Hepworth, before heading towards Fall Ing lock and the final river section down to Stanley Ferry Aqueduct.  We’ll have a vote on whether to overnight at Stanley Ferry or head back into town to the visitor moorings in preparation for our guest’s departure the following morning – if they are not in a rush to be off (and the river isn’t looking menacing) we can do that last section in about an hour first thing on the last day before they leave us to return home or continue their travels independently.

10th - 17th August 2018 (7 nights)


From:      Hebden Bridge​ (Rochdale Canal)


To:          Wakefield (Calder & Hebble

          Navigation)


Via      Stanley Ferry (Aire and Calder             Navigation)


HIGHLIGHTS:       The Hepworth
                           Stanley Ferry Aqueduct

                           River Calder

                           Broadcut
                           Cooper Bridge

                           Salterhebble

                           Sowerby Bridge
                           Hebden Bridge