account arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right closecontact-us emailFacebookheart instagramjoin linkedin phonepinterestplaysearch twitteryoutube

Calder & Hebble Navigation

 The Calder & Hebble Navigation runs from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge.

Things to do nearby

Fact & Stats

21.5 miles

(34.4 km)

The length of the Calder & Hebble Navigation that is navigable.

27 locks

1770

Opened

for boats following an Act of Parliament in 1758 to extend the navigation of the Calder.

From Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge

The Calder and Hebble Navigation runs from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, joining the Wakefield Branch of the Aire and Calder Navigation to the Rochdale Canal.

The Calder and Hebble Navigation was opened for boats in 1770, following an Act of Parliament in 1758 to extend the navigation of the Calder.

It is also joined by the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Cooper Bridge Junction, and has a small arm to Dewsbury of 1 mile. There was also an arm to Halifax, now closed and largely filled in, apart from the first 600 yards into Salterhebble.

 

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 54′ 2″ (16.5 metres)
  • Beam: 14′ 2″ (4.32 metres)
  • Height: 8′ 7″ (2.62 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ 11″ (1.5 metres)

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust

Useful info

Many of the locks require the use of a wooden Calder & Hebble Handspike.