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Afternoon/Evening Routes

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Approaching Stanley Ferry

Aquaducts at Stanley Ferry

Stanley Ferry


6 Miles & 2 locks


3 Hours Cruising including return trip.


Leaving Wakefield city centre head downstream through Fall Ing’s lock onto the Air & Calder Navigation. Continue along the river, passing the entrance of the former Barnsley canal which closed in 1953. A short while later leave the river to arrive at Stanley Ferry where there is two aqueducts side by side and you can also travel over both by cruising over one side and then turning round to travel over the other. Aqueducts are used to carry one body of water over another and here it is used to carry the canal over the river Calder. At Stanley Ferry there is also access to a facilities block if required which has toilets and showers. An easy and very enjoyable route which travels through both urban and rural scenery.  

Broadcut (Navigation Inn)


4 Miles & 4 locks


3 Hours Cruising including return trip.


Head Upstream from Wakefield City Centre, and after a short cruise head through Thornes lock and then re-join the river a little further on. Continue along the river and after passing under the M1 leave the river shortly after and head through Broadcut Bottom lock. Having passed the moored boats there is space to moor outside the Navigation Inn. There is the Kingfisher fish and chip shop at the top of Broadcut road if you fancy a bite to eat and a water point just above Broadcut bottom lock if required. An easy route and enjoyable route travelling on both river and canal through a pleasant mix of scenery.

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Thornes Lock