Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Calder and Hebble Navigation Apr 03, 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 the Halifax Arm and Salterhebble Bridge to Mirfield via Elland. From the beginning to Brighouse it is probably some of 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 through Elland, a town between Halifax and Brighouse.

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.

The highlight was when Elland celebrated with its new bridge and the reopening of the navigation (2nd April 2017). The bridge was severely damaged from the 2015 floods. There was a party like atmosphere with street stalls and boat cruises and canoeing on cut were available.

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