Out & back boating holidays to Selby
96 miles 68 locks 40 hours
Seven night boating holiday
Sail down the leafy Calder & Hebble Navigation past
Brighouse, and through wide river sections and narrow
cuttings to Wakefield, where there are good moorings not too
far from the bright lights. Then on to Stanley Ferry to see
the famous aqueducts and two very convenient and contrasting
You are now on the Aire & Calder, which is still a
thriving commercial waterway, though there are now many more
pleasure boats than barges. Electric locks and a wide
channel help you speed to Castleford; keep on the main line
of the Aire & Calder Navigation towards Knottingley. This
section briefly passes through an industrial hinterland, but
is full of interest because much water-borne freight comes
through - in barges, push-tows and tankers. At Bank Dole you
leave the main line and its electric locks, to drop into the
Aire as it winds through farmland, stopping occasionally at
pretty brick-built villages. And so to Selby, where you can
explore the ancient Abbey and market, before taking the
train to York � you could have time for a full day there.
This trip gives you time for walks, the pub or simply to
sit and unwind.
This route is largely on river navigations. In normal conditions the rivers are placid
but in prolonged wet weather they can flow too fast for safe navigation. In such cases boats wait at safe moorings while flood water recedes - usually quite quickly.
Kingfisher on Selby Canal
Use this form to check availability. When you find the boat you want, click 'Book this holiday now' and you can pay your deposit or
hold for 48 hours - or ring 01422 832712.
The counties are the names of the boats, not where they start from! Click the map for routes, and the boat for details
Mr and Mrs McKay write: Our itinerary for a
memorable trip to Selby and return - this was completed within a
week with time to spare which enabled walks around various
locations and allowed the savouring of localities and
communities along route.
Day 1 - after the briefing and setting off,
we berthed at Cromwell Lock around 6.30pm. Walked to the main
road and to a great Italian Pub/Restaurant called CASA (15mins)
- worth booking ahead especially at weekends and ask for an
outside table - good food and beer and great views. A great
Day 2 - berthed at the Navigation Pub at
Horbury on canal side - pub a little rustic and food basic but
ok - good beer and a kids play area outside. There is the
Bingley Arms at the lock before and next time we may choose
Day 3 - lunch at The Stanley Ferry Inn on
the canal side - great value, plentiful and clean - good
location. Night berth at Castleford - a rundown town and we ate
on the boat - pubs within easy walking distance, good beer but
not much else. Watched the World Cup final at a local pub and
was made more than welcome. Were told that Wetherspoons in town
provided good basic pub grub but did not try it.
Day 4 - Selby via the unspoilt canal, never
seen so many herons within an hour! Arrived by early afternoon,
market day on Mondays. Great Italian Meal again at Caesars just
off the main street, book if at a weekend - marvellous place for
the discerning eater and good service - would return just for
that restaurant. Selby and its Cathedral are most interesting.
Good shopping streets and a Tesco close by to restock the boat.
Day 5 - berthed at Stanley Ferry Inn overnight
and ate again in the pub. Another memorable trip along the Selby
Day 6 - berthed at Mirfield just after Shepley
Lock and ate at the Ship Inn, which is 100 metres from the lock,
also the Swan Inn on the opposite side of the lock but walked
out when discovered they did not serve hand pulled beers. The
Ship Inn is now a Hungry Horse pub, good beers and plentiful
good valued food.
Day 7 - to boatyard and at a leisurely pace
arrived about 6pm.
"Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Shopping centre in Wakefield excellent. Went to Xscape in Castleford for grandson's birthday. Loved William the Fourth in Sowerby Bridge. " - Ms Leddy, Northumberland
"Enjoyed river/canal/river. Very quiet midweek - didn't pass a boat Wed-Fri! Saw kingfishers & herons. Best pub - Wheatsheaf at Burn (well worth the wak). Chatted with other narrowboaters (owners) who were very friendly." - Bath family, Sussex