News article created on 6 November 2018

Winter works on Calder & Hebble to keep water flowing

We are undertaking a comprehensive programme of works on the Calder & Hebble Navigation this winter, as part of its wider efforts to keep the nation’s waterways flowing freely.

Calder & Hebble Navigation, Wakefield, by John M Calder & Hebble Navigation, Wakefield, by John M

The navigation, which is part canal and part river, runs from Sowerby Bridge to Wakefield, connecting canals in Yorkshire and the Pennines. It is much-loved by locals and visitors alike, whether cruising the cut or walking along the towpath.

As part of the charity’s national winter works programme, teams will be carrying out a range of repairs to several locks along the navigation, including:

  • Lock 13 Anchor Pit in Brighouse: repairs to the lock floor
  • Lock 15 Kirklees Low Lock in Clifton: replace the lock floor timbers
  • Battyeford Flood Gates: stonework repairs to the cill
  • Lock 21 Double Lock Bottom near Thornhill: masonry repairs
  • 1km stretch near Dewsbury: washwall repairs
  • Lock 19 Greenwood near Mirfield: re-building of the wash wall

Stuart Gadsby, regional construction manager, said: "These works present various and complex challenges, so the Canal & River Trust will be drawing on a variety of skills among our staff and contractors, from specialist divers to our own highly trained craft operatives.

"This is also a unique opportunity for our apprentices to work on historical assets that are only drained every 25 years, giving them hands-on practical experience to bring their learning to life.

"The Calder & Hebble Navigation is a wonderful place to visit, and these maintenance works will ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come, providing a space for people to relax, enjoy the fresh air, and spot the local wildlife."