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Weekend Break boating holiday to Brighouse and Shepley Bridge - from Sowerby Bridge


22 miles 32 locks 16 hoursYorkshire canal map

This is one example of routes which our customers enjoy. Distances and times shown are for the return trip. You can vary the distance to suit you, because there are plenty of turning points ('winding holes') marked in the guides on your boat. Information we provide about specific waterways or suggested routes is for general reference only. Please see more about route availability.

This trip gives you time for walks, the pub or simply to sit and unwind.


Elland 3 miles 5 locks 3 hours

Arrive at our base in one of the 200-year old canal warehouses at Sowerby Bridge. After a thorough briefing, you set off, and travel along the side of the valley to Salterhebble Locks, where we meet you and take you through your first three locks. You then do another two locks on your own, hidden away in the trees. At Elland you have a choice of two canalside pubs, one with food, or lots more in the town up the hill - along with shops, takeaways and a Co-op supermarket. and of course good pubs and restaurants.


Shepley Bridge 8 miles 11 locks 5 hours

Next day you head down, past glimpses of lakes, to Brighouse, a busy small town with interesting shops and a Sainsbury's with its own moorings and of course good pubs and restaurants. From Brighouse you go down into the River Calder. Pass under a towering motorway viaduct, a reminder of the world you left behind - and who cares which motorway it is? The river provides a sweeping contrast to the canal cuts with which it alternates, as it winds its way down the wooded valley to Mirfield. There are still locks, but they are further apart and the whole landscape is gentler. Stop overnight at Shepley Bridge (the Ship Inn is a Hungry Horse pub/restaurant).


Salterhebble 9 miles 16 locks 7 hours

Turn here and head back most of the way. Take in more details of this historically important navigation, significantly older than most of the canal system - partly designed by John Smeaton, of Eddystone Lighthouse fame. You have splendid views of the hills. At the top of the last lock, detour right along the short Halifax Arm, and overnight here (Brewer's Fayre).


Sowerby Bridge 2 miles 0 locks 1 hour

A short sail without locks brings you back to base by 0900.

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Trip Review

"Chilled for four days. Boated a lot." - Mr Todd, Rutland

"Only travelled as far as Brighouse. Just wanted a relaxing weekend. The people we came across were pleasant and friendly. Lucky enough to see the kingfisher fishing." - Ian & Vanessa - Lincoln

"Enjoyed the scenery & the Colliers arms on 1st night. Enjoyed Bellini's on Saturday night!" - Duffy-McGhee - Devon

"Scenery was lovely, people on towpaths and on the canal were friendly and very helpful." - Roberts & Walker, Oxford

"Amazing experience, people all so friendly." - Sue & Bruce, Suffolk (New Zealand)

"Excellent - friendly folk, nice scenery, interesting various locks, shops convenient to stops." - Mr & Mrs Kenney, Devon

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