Jubilee Venture & Scouting Venture
Cooper Bridge Junction
Start of Huddersfield
Broad Canal - Lock No. 1
Huddersfield - Currently not possible due to canal closure.
31 Miles & 42 locks
1 Weekends Cruise
After heading upstream towards Dewsbury, this time continue through Thornhill Double locks followed by two more locks to arrive at Shepley Bridge Marina. Here there is a facilities block with toilet and elsan disposal. A short cruise from here is Mirfield which has a various shops including a Lidl which is only couple of minutes walk from the canal so an ideal place to stop for a short break and top up with supplies. From here continue on through two more locks to arrive at copper bridge junction. At this point the Calder and Hebble navigation continues upwards to the right and to the left is the start of the Huddersfield broad canal. Take this left turn to join the Huddersfield Broad Canal and continue through 9 manual locks as the canal weaves through the suburbs of Huddersfield. Approaching the centre of Huddersfield there is Turnbridge Lift Bridge to operate and just beyond is Aspley Basin. Here there is plenty of mooring space for an overnight stop with access to a facilities block with toilets and showers. A full weekend’s cruise with lots of opportunities to learn how to steer the boat and plenty of locks to operate including some double locks.
Brighouse - Currently not possible due to canal closure.
29 Miles & 32 locks
1 Weekends Cruise
Head upstream initially following the same route as the Huddersfield trip, passing Dewsbury and Mirfield to arrive at Cooper Bridge junction. This time keep right to stay on the Calder and Hebble navigation and continue along the river to Kirklees bottom lock where the route briefly leaves the river to re-join the canal. Shortly after is Kirkless top lock and just beyond is Anchor Pit flood lock where the canal re-joins the river for the last leg to Brighouse. Approaching Brighouse, leave the river at Brighouse bottom lock and then continue through Brighouse Top lock to arrive at Brighouse Basin where there is overnight moorings and a facilities block with toilet and elsan disposal. A full weekend’s cruise with lots of opportunities to learn how to steer the boat and plenty of locks to operate but not quite as many as the Huddersfield trip.
Thornhill Double Locks
Turnbridge Lift Bridge
Kirklees Bottom Lock
Leeds - (Leeds Dock/Clarence Dock)
35 Miles & 18 locks
1 Weekends Cruise
Head downstream, passed Stanley ferry to Castleford junction where the river Aire joins the river Calder. There are full facilities in Castleford basin including toilets if required but to head up to Leeds take the left turn just before the basin entrance onto the river Aire. From here continue along the river, passed Allerton Bywater until the river reaches Lemonroyd Lock where the route leaves the river to re-join the canal. Just after the lock is Lemonroyd marina and Woodlesford which has a Lidl a short walk from the canal. Continue along the canal, passed Stourton & Thwaites Mill to Knostrop Lock where the canal re-joins the river for the last leg into Leeds. Just beyond are full facilities including toilets, elsan disposal, water point and general waste bins and a short cruise from here is Leeds lock. Immediately after the lock is Clarence dock, know called Leeds Dock where there are visitor moorings and the Royal Armouries Museum which is well worth a visit if time allows. During the peak season overnight, mooring space here can quickly fill up so after visiting the Royal armouries it is best to head back and moor overnight either at Woodlesford or near Lemonroyd marina. A full weekends cruise but with sufficient time to visit Royal armouries museum. There is also Thwaites mill at Stourton, Woodlesford nature reserve & St Aidan’s Country Park at Allerton Bywater which are also all worth a visit if time allows. An ideal trip for younger groups and with several electric locks to operate there are plenty opportunities to learn how locks work.
Aspley Basin - Huddersfield