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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Calder & Hebble Navigation once served a very industrial area, but is now a rural and peaceful route, where the local people are known for their friendliness.
15th Mar 2018 10:00am onwards
The towpath is closed due to an unstable wash wall. We will update this notice as soon as possible.
10th Mar 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to heavy rainfall, all flood gates and flood locks on the Calder & Hebble Navigation have been closed. Navigation on the river sections is not possible at this time.
Savile Town Wharf is a marina in Dewsbury with original 19th century buildings now occupied by the award-winning Leggers Inn and a new children’s play area.
CHRISTMAS CANAL FAIR - Saturday 2nd December & Sunday 3rd December 2017
DEWSBURY CANAL FESTIVAL
River Calder Right Bank Battyeford Flood Gates to river weir 6 Battyeford (John Cotton's Weir)
Calder & Hebble Navigation
Whole of Battyeford cut
River Calder left bank downstream from John Cotton?s weir (River Weir 6, Battyeford) to Bridge 4 Wood Lane Battyeford Toll.
Broad Cut Lock footbridge 2 approximately 168 metres upstream righthand bank
Right Bank of River Calder downstream Broad cut Lock footbridge 2 to Thorne's Cut
Bridge 10 Waller to Lock 26 Broad Cut Low lock (offside bank only due to moorings)
Lock 26 Broad Cut Low Lock to Bridge 31 Fall Ings (end of navigation where Calder & Hebble joins Aire & Calder Wakefield branch) towpath bank
Figure of Three top Lock to Bridge 10 Waller (Broad Cut Road Bridge next to Bridge 42)
River Calder adjacent to Broad Cut Top Lock up stream for 250 Metres
River Calder from junction of Thorne's Cut to upstream of A636 Road Bridge
River Weir 10 on River Calder approximately 210 metres downstream to Railway Bridge at Horbury Junction
Bridge 17 Greenwood to Lock 19 Greenwood (whole of Greenwood Cut)
Bridge 8 Forge Lane to Locks 20 and 21 Thornhill Double Locks (the Long Cut)
River Calder at CopleyStart of Canal & River Trust ownership at top of recreation ground to Copley viaduct
Dewsbury Arm of the Calder & Hebble (Dewsbury Cut) to start of basin
Dewsbury Arm Junction to Lock 23 Figure of 3 top lock
New Cut Top Lock to Bridge 8 Forge Lane (immediately downstream of Bridge 32)
Mirfield Cut from Ledgard Flood Lock to Shepley Lock 18
Kirklees Cut (a) Bridge 9 Anchor Pit to Lock 15 Kirklees Low Lock(b) River Calder d/s from Anchor Pit 285 metres to end of Canal & River Trust ownership, Bradley Island side (c) River Calder at Brighouse...
Bridge 11 Stainland Road to Bridge 8 Brighouse Basin
Cooper Bridge Flood Gate to Lock 16 Cooper Bridge
River Calder at Brighouse from start of Canal & River Trust ownership upstream of Ganny Lock for approximately 280 metres to end of Canal & River Trust ownership
River Calder upstream of Elland Lock
Halifax BranchJunction with mainline to Salterhebble Hill Bridge
Chain Bridge at start of navigation to Bridge 11 Stainland Road
The navigation, which is part-canal and part-river, connects the Yorkshire and Pennine canals, and provides easy access for walking in the Pennines. Canal enthusiasts will appreciate the unusual waterways architecture, including quirky lever-operated locks.
The small towns of Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge are full of interest and local colour, while Wakefield has many attractions, including a redeveloped waterfront area, the Hepworth Art Gallery, and canoeing, sailing and windsurfing at Pugneys Country Park.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway
Have a grand day out on the Calder & Hebble Navigation - all absolutely free. Download our guide to Sowerby Bridge for a day full of wildlife, heritage, local traditions and fresh air.
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Now that the Rochdale Canal and Huddersfield Narrow Canal have been restored, the Calder & Hebble is once again an essential part of the waterway routes across the Pennines.
Running for 21.5 miles between Sowerby Bridge and Wakefield, the Calder & Hebble was designed to extend navigation from the Aire and Calder Navigation at Wakefield to Halifax, and later Sowerby Bridge. By 1770, navigation was possible along the upper reaches of the Calder.
The canal joins the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Cooper Bridge, and the Rochdale Canal at its Sowerby Bridge terminus. Since the Calder & Hebble's locks are shorter than those on the Rochdale, the warehouses at Sowerby Bridge were used for transhipment - storing cargoes after they were unloaded from one size of boat, ready to go into another. These spectacular warehouses are now being restored with the help of a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
As well as a windlass, you will need a handspike - a thick wooden pole - to operate the locks on the Calder & Hebble. A long-distance footpath meets the towpath near Brighouse.
The North East's waterways
Find out all about the plans for the North East's waterways