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Week Routes

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Tuel Lane Lock

Lock 32E

Walsden (Summit Rochdale Canal)


66 Miles & 112 locks


1 Weeks Cruise


From Wakefield head upstream on the Calder & Hebble navigation following the Brighouse route to Cooper Bridge Junction. From here keep right to stay on the Calder and Hebble navigation to arrive in Brighouse Basin. After arriving in Brighouse basin follow the Sowerby bridge route and continue along the canal to Sowerby Bridge passing Elland and Salterhebble locks along the way. In Sowerby Bridge there are plenty of shops so an ideal place to stop for a break, see route above for more details. From Sowerby Bridge head upstream leaving the Calder and Hebble Navigation to join the Rochdale canal. Shortly after the first two locks is Tuel lane tunnel which is immediately followed by Tuel lane lock, the deepest lock in UK at 6 metres deep. This lock is operated by CRT lock keepers and is open all day on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays during the main season. Passage on other days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays requires advanced booking, see CRT website for further details. From here continue upwards and having passed the village of Mytholmroyd, carry on through a short tunnel to arrive in Hebden Bridge a little further on. Hebden Bridge is a small town with lots of shops located on the edge of the Pennines, a lovely place to moor up and go for a leisurely stroll around. After leaving Hebden Bridge the canal meanders upwards through the valley and into the Pennines passing through woodlands and some small settlements along the way before emerging to arrive in Todmorden. Here there are yet more shops along with access to a facilities block with elsan disposal and water point. Just beyond is lock 19, Todmorden guillotine lock which requires a CRT key to operate. From here the canal continues upwards and into the heart of the Pennines. After passing the village of Walsden, head through a few more locks to arrive just below East Summit Lock, 36E. This is last place to turn around before heading over the summit which is usually only available to boaters making the onward journey and therefore marks the furthest point on this journey. There is usually space to moor up here if not turn around and moor a bit further down as it is well worth going for a short walk to the summit  above lock 36 before heading back. A highly recommended and very rewarding full week trip through beautiful towns and countryside with lots of amazing views over the Pennines. Can be challenging at times so worth stopping and taking a break at some of the many towns and villages along the way.

Marsden (Standedge Tunnel)


48 Miles & 126 locks


1 Weeks Cruise


Leave Wakefield and head upstream on the Calder and Hebble Navigation following the Huddersfield route. At Cooper Bridge Junction turn left to join the Huddersfield Broad canal and continue upwards to reach the centre of Huddersfield. Upon arriving in Huddersfield keep straight ahead, passing Aspley Bridge Basin on the left and facilities block on the right. Continue under the road bridge and follow the canal to reach lock 1E a little further on. From here the canal becomes narrow which also marks the start of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Soon after is the original lock chamber of lock 2E and from here then canal weaves around a number of old mills to Bates tunnel and immediately after is the new lock 2E. Shortly after is another tunnel, Sellers tunnel which again also has a lock immediately after. This area has seen various developments in recent years as part of the new Huddersfield waterfront. Part of this included reinstating lock 3E back to its original position where it remains today as it was once moved a few metres further on to enable the canal to pass under an engineering yard which no longer exists. From here the canal climbs steeply out of Huddersfield through Milnsbridge and Linthwaite to arrive in the village of Slaithwaite. Here there are plenty of moorings and a facilities block along with several shops making this an ideal place to take a break and go for a walk around. Shortly after Slaithwaite is Shuttle Lock which is a guillotine lock and requires a CRT key to operate. From here the canal continues to climb up the valley through open countryside towards the Pennines. Upon reaching lock 32E this is the start of a series of locks known as the Marsden flight. After reaching the top at Lock 42E is the village of Marsden where there are lots of moorings and several shops which again makes an ideal place to stop and take a break. Just beyond Marsden is Standedge Tunnel, the longest tunnel in Britain. Passage through the tunnel is not included in this route as it requires advanced booking and is only available on certain days but there is a visitor centre which is well worth a visit. Another highly recommended and very rewarding full week trip through beautiful villages and open countryside with lots of amazing views over the Pennines. Lots of locks on this trip and can be challenging at times so worth stopping and taking a break at some of the many villages along the way.

Lock 36E Summit Lock

Hebden Bridge

Tuel Lane Tunnel


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Huddersfield Narrow Canal Lock 1E


Shuttle Guillotine Lock


Standedge Tunnel

Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre

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Bingley and Skipton


94 Miles & 80 Locks


1 Weeks Cruise


Leave Wakefield and head downstream initially following both Castleford route and Leeds route passing Stanley Ferry and then turning left at Castleford to arrive in Leeds city centre a short while later. Having gone through Leeds lock and passed Clarence dock, continue along the river to the junction with Leeds Liverpool Canal. From here leave the river and immediately head through lock number 1 to join the Leeds Liverpool canal. The canal heads upstream and having passed through 2 more locks to arrive at Oddy locks, locks number 4 & 5 which are the first of many staircase locks on this route. Staircase locks typically have numerous locks in a row but unlike normal lock flights there are no pounds in between and instead the instead the top gate on one lock is also the bottom gate for the next lock above. Having passed through Oddy locks, continue upstream as the canal begins to head out of Leeds City centre and into the suburbs. A little further on is Kirkstall Lock where the canal also passes alongside Kirkstall Abbey. This is swiftly followed by both Forge Locks and Newlay Locks. Both of these are staircase locks which are operated by Canal and River Trust staff between 8am to 5pm daily. As these locks are locked overnight it is recommend the travel through Leeds is completed in a day, mooring overnight at Rodley just beyond Newlay locks  instead of in Leeds City Centre. There are moorings at Kirkstall but staying overnight here is not advised and instead moor overnight at either Clarence dock or above lock number 2 if travel cannot be completed but moorning space can be limited. On the return trip is it again advised to moor overnight at Rodley the night before in order to allow return travel to be completed in a day.


From Rodley continue upstream passing Apperley Bridge Marina and up through Dobson Locks where just above is a facilities block. Soon the canal passes the entrance to the former Bradford canal which closed in 1922 to arrive in Shipley where there are moorings and plenty of shops. Just beyond is Saltaire, where there is Salts Mill which has it's own short stay moorings making it an ideal place to take a break. From here continue upwards through Dowley Gap locks to arrive in Bingley where again there are plenty of shops. Immediately after is Bingley 3 Rise Locks, swiftly followed by Bingley 5 Rise Locks. These are both operated by CRT staff and passage can be made daily between 8am and 5pm during peak season, see CRT website for more details. Above Bingley 5 rise there is a facilities block with toilets and Elsan disposal located on the right next to the café along with moorings a little further on. Having left Bingley 5 rise locks the canal heads out into the countryside, passing the village of Riddleston where there is Old Riddleston Hall and onto the small town of Silsdon. Between Bingley and Skipton you will notice there are no locks on this stretch of canal but instead these are replaced with numerous swing bridges, a combination of both electric and manual bridges. From Silsden the canal continues to meander through the countryside towards Skipton with views both up and down the valley. Having passed the village of Kildwick and then Low Bradley the canal soon arrives in Skipton where there is a facilities block and overnight moorings. The town also has plenty of shops and Skipton Castle which is worth a visit if time allows. A challenging but very rewarding route with extensive views over the Yorkshire Dales, a trip though the renowned Bingley 3 Rise and 5 Rise locks and lots of places to stop and take a break.

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Leeds Liverpool Canal Lock 1


Salts Mill

Bingley 3 Rise Locks  

Bingley 5 Rise Locks  



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