Aire & Calder Navigation
The Aire & Calder Navigation was built on a grand scale, so large loads of goods could be carried from the North Sea. It is now also a popular route for pleasure boats, leading to the vibrant redeveloped waterfront area in Leeds.
From Leeds, the Aire & Calder Navigation flows to the tidal River Ouse at Goole, where the docks are a reminder that the canal continues to serve its historic function of transporting freight.
The Navigation has been regularly improved and upgraded throughout history: some of the most famous names in engineering, including Smeaton, Jessop, Rennie and Telford, have left their marks. Though the waterway is usually considered a river navigation, the Ferrybridge-Goole stretch is entirely man-made.