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Planning & design
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Aire & Calder Navigation has increased in size over the years, and today large loads of goods can be carried from the Humber ports. It is also a popular route for pleasure boats, leading to the vibrant redeveloped waterfront area in Leeds.
9th Feb 2018 8:00am onwards
Due to high water levels Broadreach and Ferrybridge Flood Locks have been closed. We will update this notice when the situation changes.
23rd Oct 2017 8:00am to 28th Feb 2018 5:00pm
Northern Gas Networks are refurbishing a pipe bridge upstream of Cow Lane bridge which requires scaffolding to be erected. Skippers should note that scaffold will be below the pipe bridge restricting height...
9th Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Replacing the Top Gate, Upper Middle Gate and the Lower Middle Gate.
8th Jan 2018 8:00am to 2nd Mar 2018 4:00pm
Bottom gates of Lock 1 are to be replaced and lock ladder improved. Following customer feedback, the works will now be carried out in January/February 2018, in order to keep the navigation open in the...
Boat Maintenance & Repair
We currently have vacant moorings for new members wishing to join our club.
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(1) Lock 5 downstream lefthand bank to Bridge 2 and Bridge 2 downstream righthand bank to Bridge 3 (2) Fleet cut (3) Downstream from Bridge 3 lefthand bank 120m. Offside bank from Bridge 3 Fleet downstream...
Aire & Calder Navigation
River Aire 2 ponds at Bridge 14 Ferry Bridge
Lock 1, Broadreach lock to Bridge 4 HarrisonsRiver Calder Bridge 2 Eastmoor Railway to Kirkthorpe Weir
Wakefield Branch River Calder from the eastern edge of Low Common to junction of River Calder and Fairies Hill Cut
Wakefield BranchBridge 5 Kings Road to Lock 6 Woodnook Lock, including the Arm to Fairies Hill viaduct and offside bank from M62 motorway bridge to Bridge 5 Kings Road
River Aire Br 2a Knostrop River footbridge right bank 175m looking upstream and Knostrop Flood Lock to River Weir 3 Thwaite Mills right bank looking down stream
Bridge 19 M62 Motorway to Bridge 13 Heck
Wakefield BranchWoodnook Lock Reservoir
Wakefield BranchStanley Ferry Overflow Weir to Lock 3 Kings Road
Wakefield Branch135 metres upstream of Bridge 4 Birkwood, offside only
River Aire 350 metres upstream of A19 River Aire Road Bridge (Haddlesey Bridge) on the south bank
Castleford cut Between Lock 9 Castleford to Lock 10 Bulholme
Lock 4 Fishpond to Lock 5 Woodlesford offside only
River Aire Bridge 6 Skelton Grange to Skelton Weir right bank looking down stream
River Aire upstream of Lock 9 Castleford (from end of mooring rings) to Canal & River Trust boundary fence, distance of 80/100 meters
Bridge 13 Heck Bridge to Bridge 24 Goole Railway
Lock 5 Woodlesford to Bridge 2 Swillington (A642) right bank as you look downstream
Goodman Street to Lock 5 Woodlesford towpath side
West Haddlesy Flood Lock to Bridge 3 Burn
Bridge 17 Whitley (next to Bridge 12 Old Whitley Bridge) to Bridge 19 M62 Motorway
The city’s Clarence Dock is made up of modern flats, shops, restaurants and the Royal Armouries Museum, and the Navigation also runs close to the city’s busy centre.
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. Oil, sand and gravel are currently the main freights. Until 2002, the canal was also used to transport coal.
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.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway
Since 1625, Yorkshire entrepreneurs had sought to improve navigation on the natural rivers Aire and Calder. After obtaining and Act of Parliament in 1699, short canals were cut to bypass particularly narrow or tortuous stretches. Improvements continued, with the Knottingley and Goole Canal opening in 1826, and the most recent was an entirely new section near Castleford, constructed in the 1980s after a spectacular breach.
The legacy of continual improvement means that the Aire & Calder Navigation is still a busy freight artery after 300 years, despite competition from road and rail. With constant demands to carry more in bigger boats, sea-going and coastal vessels, carrying 700 tons or more, pass through locks almost 200 feet (61 metres) long controlled by traffic signals. Over two million tons of freight is carried every year — a figure comparable with many European waterways.
The Selby Canal is a branch of the Aire & Calder, built in response to a proposed Leeds and Selby Canal. The Selby Canal opened in 1778, becoming the main route from Leeds to the River Humber via the River Ouse. However, as vessel size increased its shallow draught proved inadequate. By 1826 much of its traffic had transferred to the new Knottingley and Goole Canal, which was in turn connected with the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation by the New Junction Canal of 1905 — the last waterway built in Britain until 2002.
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The North East Waterways
Find out what's been going on in the North East and all about the plans for the region's canals in the future.