Calder and Hebble Navigation

Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Once a key cog in the industrial revolution wheel, the now rural, peaceful Calder & Hebble Navigation is a real northern treat.

The navigation connects the towns of Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse with the city of Wakefield. No longer commercial, this mainly rural canal is open to everyone to enjoy the great outdoors together.

A part-canal, part-river hybrid, along it’s 21.5-mile route, the navigation is home to a hefty 28 locks.

Some of these locks are unique along the waterways. Ever heard or come across a lever operated lock? You will on this stretch. You’d usually portage around these locks when you’re paddling, but when you do just take a look at how they work. It’s quite fascinating.

What to see on the Calder and Hebble Navigation

As you head out of Wakefield you will notice the Hepworth Gallery sitting on the banks of the river. This is named after famous local artist Barbara Hepworth.

This impressive structure is home to modern and contemporary art. Inside you will find Barbara Hepworth pieces, of course, along with art from Henry Moore and other well known names.

As you work your way out a little further, you will also pass through the popular Pugney’s Country Park, home to many different types of water and adventure sports.