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Heron Map – Leeds & Liverpool, Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble


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Heron Map – Leeds & Liverpool, Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble

This comprehensive Heron Map details the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the Aire & Calder, and the Calder & Hebble Navigations, perfect for both waterway and leisure enthusiasts. It provides detailed coverage of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, spanning from Foulridge to Leeds, and the Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble Navigations from Leeds to Knottingley and Castleford to Sowerby Bridge. The map also shows information that is useful and relevant to waterway users, while also catering to other leisure users. Accompanied by information panels and photographs, the map is a valuable resource for exploring the area.

Discover the beauty of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Aire & Calder, and Calder & Hebble Navigations with this helpful tourist map at a scale of 1:50,000. Detailed town plans of Skipton, Bingley, Leeds, Wakefield, Mirfield, Brighouse, and Sowerby Bridge at a scale of 1:12,500 are also included to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

The map offers useful details on navigation and historical facts, visitor moorings, marinas, boatyards, boat rental facilities, and amenities for boat users. Additionally, it provides information for tourists such as tourist information centres, notable locations, pubs, nature reserves, parks, churches, long-distance paths, public restrooms, and caravan and camping sites.

One of the most sought-after cruising routes is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Although it may take some time to explore the entire canal, the settlements, canal features, and ever-changing landscapes make it a destination worth revisiting. The canal offers real contrasts, ranging from peaceful and quiet to vibrant and bustling. It runs near Gargrave, skirting the Yorkshire Dales National Park, providing some of the most picturesque views on the waterway network. Additionally, it passes by Saltaire, a World Heritage Site, and features the stunning Bingley Five Rise Locks at Bingley, considered one of the Wonders of the Waterways.

Starting from Leeds city centre, the Aire & Calder waterway flows south past the revitalized Leeds Dock where the impressive Royal Armouries Museum is located. The waterway then leads to Castleford where it splits into two directions. The mainline proceeds eastwards towards the port of Goole via Knottingley. Meanwhile, the Wakefield Branch heads westwards towards Wakefield. The Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble Navigations were initially rivers that underwent significant modifications, including multiple cuts, to make them more suitable for commercial traffic. Due to the waterway’s commercial nature, the locks on the Aire & Calder measure up to 200ft (61m) in length.

The Calder & Hebble stretches for 21 miles from Sowerby Bridge to Wakefield, taking you through beautiful stretches of river and cuts. Along the way, you’ll encounter many interesting sights, such as the waterside Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, the charming basin at Sowerby Bridge, which boasts fine canalside buildings, and covered docks, and is home to Shire Cruisers. Brighouse is another must-see spot, with its interesting shops and buildings and split-level basin. Don’t miss the Salterhebble Locks, which features one of the very few functioning guillotine locks and a short arm into Dewsbury.

The Calder and Hebble Waterway links up with the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge and with the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Cooper Bridge Junction, providing a convenient network of trans-Pennine waterways.

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