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.
Rochdale and Brighouse
51 miles 120 locks 55 hours
Go to Hebden Bridge - see above. Carry on to Todmorden,
completely untouristy yet with much to enjoy - fine
Victorian buildings, especially the Town Hall, a lively
market and many places to eat and drink, all dominated
by a curving railway viaduct.
From here the going gets serious & more Alpine than Pennine. Pass the Great Wall of Todmorden, go under a splendidly overdone Gothic railway bridge, then stop at the Cross keys (much recommended). Keep going, with high hills on either side, to the summit, the second highest (just) in England at 600'. Now you start the steep drop into Littleborough, 12 locks in 2 miles. Visit the secondhand bookshop, then carry on past Clegg Hall (a Grade 1 listed ruin) and through the edge of Rochdale - surprisingly sylvan - and to its centre. Carry on to Lock No. 50, and turn just below.
Return to Sowerby Bridge and on down the Calder Valley through the woods to Brighouse. Good shopping, including a Sainsbury's with its own moorings, plentiful pubs and time to relax. Finally, make your way back to base.
This journey needs an active, committed crew - it has a lot of locks!
Hebden Bridge and Dewsbury
46 miles 66 locks 32 hours
Leaving our historic canal basin, your journey begins
with the excitement of a new tunnel and the deepest lock
in the country. The canal gradually climbs through
woods, fields and small stone towns to Hebden Bridge.
This old mill town nestles in a fork in the hills,
houses piled tier upon tier. Hebden has excellent shops
and is full of surprises - everything from horsey
clothing to hand-made pottery. Untie, and go on up the
valley, its sides closing in with crags and trees and
views of the moors high above. A stream runs alongside,
and the locks are set among woods or stone cottages. The
Pennine Way crosses at Callis. Turn above Lock 14, and enjoy the steep walk up to Stoodley Pike, a memorial to the Napoleonic Wars.
Return to Sowerby Bridge and on down the Calder Valley through the woods to Brighouse. Good shopping, including a Sainsbury's with its own moorings, and plentiful pubs. Carry on through wide river sections and narrow cuttings to Dewsbury, where you will find the Leggers Arms in the canal basin. Finally, make your way back to base.
This is a straightforward journey suitable for beginners and experienced crews.
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.