Afternoon/Evening Routes

 

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 and pass through Broadreach flood lock. Just beyond is Ramsden's Swing Bridge and Stanley Ferry where there are two aqueducts side by side. Aqueducts are used to carry one body of water over another and here it is used to carry the canal over the river Calder. There are plenty of moorings and a facilities block with toilets and showers. An easy and very enjoyable route which travels through both urban and rural scenery.  

Ramsden's Swing Bridge

Ramsden's Swing Bridge

Stanley Ferry

Stanley Ferry

Aqueducts at Stanley Ferry

Aqueducts at Stanley Ferry

 

Broadcut (Navigation Inn)

 

4 Miles & 4 locks 

 

3 Hours Cruising including return trip. 

 

Head Upstream from Wakefield City Centre and after a passing through Thornes lock the canal re-joins the river a little further on. Continue along the river and at Broadcut Bottom lock, leave the river to rejoin the canal. After passing the long term moorings, the Navigation Inn is on the right along with visitor moorings. The Kingfisher fish and chip shop is at the top of Broadcut road if you fancy a bite to eat. An easy route and enjoyable route travelling on both river and canal through a pleasant mix of scenery.

Broadcut

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