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18 - Shepley Bridge to Sowerby Bridge - Calder and Hebble Navigation.

Sunday 14th July 2002

It was a late start at 09.50. Ledgard Flood Lock was passed at 10.05. This has the Mirfield Boatyard below and Ledgard Bridge Boat Company just above. Here we were out on the River Calder yet again. This river section continues until Battyeford Lock, which we passed through at 10.25. Another river section until Cooper Bridge Lock, predictably Cooper Bridge Flood Lock is next. You can turn both ways at Cooper Bridge Junction, on this next river section, down stream takes you to the start of the Huddersfield Broad Canal.
It was off the river again at Kirklees Lower Lock (11.35). Kirklees Top Lock is next, then at Anchor Pit lock it is out onto the River Calder for the final time. The two Brighouse Locks take you up to Brighouse Basin, situated beside the upper lock. This basin is the home of Sagar, now getting well known for their mini-luxe Dutch barges. Out of the top lock at 12.35 and passed the handy Tesco's just before Bridge No9. Next is Gany Lock, followed by Tayberg Steel Boats, builder of Julian Tether's mini Duker barge "Parglena".
Brookfoot Lock is next, then another Cromwell Lock. It is now a fair lock free stretch, culminating in the first of the SHORT Calder and Hebble Locks - Park Nook. Here Earnest had to do a bottom gate shuffle, before Frogmoore could get in. Just before the lock on the offside are some leafy moorings, leading up to the Rawson Arms pub. Elland Lock is next, half way between the two, on the offside is the OK looking Colliers Arms, with moorings. Town bit through Elland, then fairly countrified above Woodside Mills Lock. Long Lees Lock is next (14.40) The approaching bridge and separate towpath tunnel signify that the bottom guillotine gated Salter Hebble Lower Lock is just beyond. 
After this it was a power round the sharp corner into the minimum length Salterhebble Middle Lock. This is the shortest "57ft 6ins" lock on the system and the problems associated with this are amplified by a high upper cill. A good few gongoozlers about at this classic canal spot. We were out of the top lock at 15.45. 
The top lock comes straight out onto a junction, to the left is the truncated Halifax Arm, now known as the Salterhebble Branch. On the through route it is now a long lock free stretch through Copley, until Sowerby Bridge is reached. John moored Frogmoore in the Basin moorings, but we went round the left hand bend - the start of  the Rochdale Canal. Here we moored up at 16.10.
Martin Clark arrived soon after. That evening the Earnest crew went out to the reasonably priced and very good Village Indian restaurant. This is situated, along with the Java Indonesian restaurant upstairs in an old pub, just opposite the entrance to the basin yard. Being an ex-pub it served Timothy Taylors Landlord - YUM!


Bridge No20, just upstream from Shepley Bridge Marina. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Ledgard Flood Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking back at Mirfield Boatyard. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking back at Ledgard Flood Lock. Ledgard Bridge Boat Co. is just to the right. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Back on the pleasant River Calder again. Heron Boatbuilders are on the right bank in the distance. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Approaches to Battyeford Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The boat club just above Battyeford Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Battyeford Flood Lock - back on the Calder again. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


River Calder section, up to Cooper Bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


River Calder section, up to Cooper Bridge. NB Frogmoore II is just making the sharp turn out of Battyeford Flood Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Cooper Bridge Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking back down the River Calder from Cooper Bridge. Roger Hare and Peter Wright. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


NB Frogmoore II exiting Cooper Bridge Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Nicely preserved canal warehouse in the short cut up to Cooper Bridge Flood Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Cooper Bridge Flood Lock. Downstream (left) for Huddersfield Broad Canal, upstream (right) for Sowerby Bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking back at Cooper Bridge Junction. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


River Calder section above Cooper Bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Kirklees Low Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The waiting lay-by below Kirklees Low Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Frogmoore coming out of Kirklees Low Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Kirklees Top Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Pleasant section above Kirklees Low Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The M1 roars overhead. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Anchor Pit Flood Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking back at Anchor Pit Flood Lock and the weir which blew out in Winter 2001. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brighouse Bottom Lock. We finally say goodbye to the River Calder sections. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brighouse Upper Lock, basin beside this. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brighouse Bottom Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brighouse Bottom Lock hut. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Looking up Brighouse Locks to the basin and Sagar Marine. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brighouse, looking back. Supermarket to left. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Frogmoore coming out of Gany Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


It starts to get green and hilly above Brighouse. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Approaching Brookfoot Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Brookfoot Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Roger and Chris plus some little urchins at Cromwell Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Cromwell Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The pretty offside moorings just below Park Nook Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Park Nook Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Park Nook Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The "Colliers Arms" on the outskirts of Elland. Elland Lock in the distance. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Elland Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Elland. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Elland Basin. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Elland. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Woodside Mills Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Lush section up to Long Lees Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Long Lees Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Long Lees Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Lower Lock. The River Hebble passes under the canal in the approach to the lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Middle Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Middle Lock - the shortest 57ft 6ins lock - note the high upper cill. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Middle Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Lower Lock. The guillotine was added in the 1930's when the road was widened. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Middle Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Upper Lock. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Salterhebble Junction. Halifax (Salterhebble) Branch straight on. Entrance to locks just beyond last moored boat. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Copley - the long pound into Sowerby Bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Entering Sowerby Bridge. Navigation Inn, just beside the bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


Sowerby Bridge - basin straight on, Rochdale Canal to left. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The Java Indonesian / Village Indian Restaurant in Sowerby Bridge. Calder and Hebble Navigation.


The Moorings Pub / Restaurant in the Sowerby Bridge basin warehouse complex. Calder and Hebble Navigation.

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