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05th - 09th July 2018 (4 nights)
From: Wakefield Town (Calder and Hebble Navigation
To: Hebden Bridge (Rochdale Canal)
Highlights: The Hepworth
Stanley Ferry Aqueduct
Wakefield Town to Hebden Bridge
We’ll begin our cruise from Wakefield visitor’s moorings (not far from “The Hepworth”) and depending on time, might take a short sojourn down the river Calder to cross the Stanley Ferry Aqueduct and perhaps have our first meal at the Local pub.
The following morning, we’ll head back onto the river and go up stream back through Fall Ing lock, after which we’ll spend the next few hours hopping on and off the river Calder as we head towards Broad cut on the Calder and Hebble Navigation. We’ll moor for the evening just above the top lock and perhaps treat ourselves to fish and chips in the Kingfisher restaurant up at Calder Grove and/or have a pint in the Navigation pub. It’s been flooded out many times in recent years as the Calder can get quite aggressive. This is home ground to us as we lived in Calder Grove for a few years.
Depending on how early a start the group wants the following morning, we might have time for a brief chug up the Dewsbury arm before we ascend Thornhill Double locks – unless the bottom gates have been repaired, we’ll probably have to run some water into the pound before we commence as historically we’ve always found this the case. Don’t worry though – the cut fills from the river a little further up so we’ll do no harm. The next few miles of our journey are rather pleasant, nipping on and off the river several times before we moor for the night either around Mirfield or in the flood lock at Cooper Bridge. Our plan the next day is to head up the Salterhebble branch where we’ll hopefully be able to spend a night before continuing on towards Sowerby Bridge for the night. Next day we'll reach Hebden Bridge -a smashing little town – quite Bohemian with lots of interesting things to do and look around.
HOPEFULLY the weather will be kind as due to the location, flash floods can lead to some interesting boating conditions but don't worry - we'll keep an eye on weather forecasts and prepare as necessary.
Our Guests will leave us here and take a train home or perhaps stay a while independently and enjoy the area. Take a look on the town's website and get a feel for what's on: