14 or 21 Day Trip
In 10/11 days or a fortnight, you can do one of these longer routes, or simply take more time to enjoy one of our One-Week Routes.
And for experienced boaters, we have the most fantastic Rings, or our Adventure Holidays.
110 miles 118 locks 55 hours
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
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 (relatively) round to Leeds, where you sail past the regenerated waterfront.
Then join the Leeds & Liverpool Canal which quickly escapes along its own way through fields and woods, with spectacular views of old West Riding industry - particularly Sir Titus Salt's Italianate mills and model town at Saltaire, with its Hockney museum. There are several staircase locks along the way, which culminate in the Five Rise Locks at Bingley, one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways.
14 night holidays
136 miles 128 locks 70 hours
Go to Bingley - see above.
Carry on along the hillside, with wide views of Airedale to one side, and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the other. Pretty villages and lots of swing bridges - much easier these days - take you through to Skipton, Gateway to the Dales. Don't miss the castle! This return journey needs long days and good timing.