Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Sowerby Bridge, England
Calder and Hebble Navigation - Beginning of the Calder and Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge
Calder and Hebble Navigation - Calder and Hebble Navigation, near Sowerby Bridge
Calder and Hebble Navigation - Calder and Hebble Navigation, near Sowerby Bridge
Calder and Hebble Navigation - Beginning of the Calder and Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge

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Calder and Hebble Navigation Mar 12, 2017
The Calder and Hebble Navigation is 21.5 miles which runs between Sowerby Bridge and Wakefield. The purpose of the navigation is to connect with the Aire and Calder Navigation. It was originally navigable to Halifax but extended to Sowerby Bridge in 1770. The Navigation links to the Yorkshire and Pennine waterways.

I walked on the navigation from Sowerby Bridge to Elland including the Halifax Arm. I was planning to walk to Brighouse but the towpath was closed for most of thestretch between Elland and Brighouse because of the winter flooding damages. It is probably the prettiest navigation sketch I ever walked on and so refreshing to walk on a continuous cut than on unwalkable riverside paths! The stretch passes Copley, Salterhebble (where the Halifax arm starts) and then Elland.

As a walker, I'm generally not a fan of navigations which is usually made up of part-canal and part river. The walking terrain can be challenging particularly with the overgrown and muddy river beds and also the footpath diversions from rivers. This has an impact of the actual miles the walk is and also the time it takes to complete the stretch.

Further information about the Calder and Hebble Navigation can be found on the website.
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