The calder and hebble navigation is a broad i e. With 14 foot wide 4 3 m locks and bridgeholes inland waterway in west yorkshire england which has remained navigable since it was opened.
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Calder and hebble navigation. Running for 21 5 miles between sowerby bridge and wakefield the calder hebble was designed to extend navigation from the aire and calder navigation at wakefield to halifax and later sowerby bridge. The civil engineer john smeaton made a new survey in late 1757 and produced a scheme which involved dredging shoals making 5 7 miles 9 2 km of cuts the building of 26 locks to overcome the rise of 178 feet. The calder and hebble navigation runs for 21 miles from wakefield to sowerby bridge yorkshire.
Once a key cog in the industrial revolution wheel the now rural peaceful calder hebble navigation is a real northern treat. No longer commercial this mainly rural canal is open to everyone to enjoy the great outdoors together. The calder hebble navigation runs from wakefield to sowerby bridge and the junction with the huddersfield broad passes through brighouse salterhebble canalsonline magazine the online magazine for the inland waterways.
It has 27 locks and a number of flood locks. The calder and hebble navigation is a broad inland waterway with locks and bridgeholes that are suitable for 14 foot wide 4 3 m boats in west yorkshire england construction to improve the river calder and the river hebble began in 1759 and the initial scheme which included 5 7 miles 9 2 km of new cuts was completed in 1770 and has remained navigable since it was opened. And was constructed after the success of the leeds and liverpool aire and calder canal showed the way for the industrialists of.
It was an extension westwards of the aire and calder navigation and was surveyed by john smeaton and the later sections by james brindley. The aim of the calder and hebble navigation was to extend navigation west upstream from wakefield to sowerby bridge near halifax. Below is some guidance for taking a narrowboat over 57 6 in length through the shorter calder and hebble locks.
There is a towpath all the way which makes it a great flat walking route. The navigation connects the towns of sowerby bridge and brighouse with the city of wakefield. Narrowboats of up to 60 can just fit into the locks at an angle with great care.
The calder and hebble navigation from sowerby bridge to wakefield and on to castleford. By 1770 navigation was possible along the upper reaches of the calder. The calder and hebble navigation running for 21 miles from the aire and calder navigation at wakefield to sowerby bridge was one of the first navigable waterways into the pennines.
Other wikipedia pages that might relate to calder and hebble navigation. The calder and hebble navigation connects the town of sowerby bridge on the rochdale canal with the aire and calder canal at castleford. The maximum boat dimensions for most of the locks on the calder and hebble navigation above broad cut lock are 57 6 length and 14 beam these dimensions also apply to the huddersfield broad canal.
You can do short sections by using local buses to get you to the start and finish of your walk.