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27th-29th August 2018 (2 nights).
From: Wakefield Visitor Moorings (Calder
and Hebble Navigation
To: Wakefield Visitor Moorings (Calder
and Hebble Navigation
VIA: Leeds (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Hepworth,
Thwaites Mill Museum,
Wakefield to Leeds and Return £185 pp
When we get back from Manchester – before we head down to the West Midlands, we thought it would be nice to have a few “short breaks” in the diary to Leeds and back… it’ll give folk the opportunity to come along for a couple of days to see how they like (or not) skippered boating AND give us the chance to indulge ourselves in a place we love.
With that in mind, we’re going to Start out at Wakefield visitor moorings around midday on day one (a stone’s throw from Kirkgate Station) and head on to the river Calder at Fall Ing lock before joining the Aire and Calder Navigation proper at Stanley Ferry. We’ll chug over the new aqueduct (to get a proper view of the old one) and then carry on downstream on the Calder to Castleford Junction where we’ll turn left to join the River Aire and head upstream. We’ll leave the river at Lemonroyd (through the massive automated lock) and aim to moor for the evening around Woodlesford - OR if our guests would prefer, we could chug on to the visitor moorings at Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum, to facilitate a quick visit the next morning. After breakfast and/or a look around the Museum, we’ll cast off and pass through Knostrop lock (and the new weir) before heading back on to the River Aire and into Leeds. Depending on whether there is space, we’ll moor for the night at Clarence Dock (right next to the famous armouries museum) or (as is most likely from past experience) continue up the River through central Leeds and moor at Granary Wharf… a bustling area with numerous bars and restaurants – a great place to people watch with a drink .
Our return journey needs to commence about 9.00am the following morning in order to get back to Wakefield around tea time. If you’d like to add on an extra night’s stay - perhaps to make catching a train the following morning easier, this is an option and this can be either at Stanley Ferry or where the trip began in the centre of Wakefield. We're planning to fit in a few of these short trips - Monday to Wednesday or Friday to Sunday.