Aire and Calder Navigation

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Fairburn, United Kingdom
Aire and Calder Navigation - Fairburn Ings
Aire and Calder Navigation - River Aire, near Fairburn
Aire and Calder Navigation - River Aire from the bridge, Fairburn
Aire and Calder Navigation - River Aire, Fairburn
Aire and Calder Navigation - Access from the river to Fairburn Cut
Aire and Calder Navigation - Railway Bridge (no trains stop in the village), Fairburn
Aire and Calder Navigation - View of Fairburn from the trail

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Aire and Calder Navigation Feb 03, 2017
A river and canal system starting from Leeds to Goole (or vice versa). In 1704 the Aire and Calder Navigation company made the River Aire navigable with locks and lock cuts being constructed between Leeds and Goole.

The navigation is broader with less locks than the narrow canals but had served a similar purpose. Today there is still some commercial activity on the waters but this navigation is more popular for leisure boaters, walkers and cyclists.

Because of demand, particularly for larger boats, new locks and lock cuts were added and a new 17 mile cut was extended from Knottingley to Goole in 1821.

The company made the river Calder, from Castleford to Wakefield, navigable and in 1829 added a straight cut on the stretch including an aqueduct across the river at Stanley Ferry.

The Aire and Calder Navigation runs through Castleford and this is where I started the stretch to Knottingley. The navigation passes the outskirts of Fairburn before proceeding to Brotherton, Ferrybridge and Knottingley.
River Aire, near Fairburn
Fairburn Ings
View of Fairburn from the trail
Railway Bridge (no trains stop in …
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