Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Goole to Castleford)

The Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Goole to Castleford) is a commercial waterway and is part of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line). It runs for 24 miles through 6 locks from Ouse - Aire and Calder Junction (where it joins the River Ouse : Yorkshire (tidal section - Naburn to Goole) and the River Ouse : Yorkshire (tidal section - Goole to Trent Falls)) to Castleford Junction (where it joins the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Castleford to Leeds)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 200 feet long and 20 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 11 feet and 10 inches. The maximum draught is 8 feet and 2 inches.

It has junctions with the Aire and Calder Navigation (Selby Section) at Bank Dole Junction and with the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (New Junction Canal) at Sykehouse Junction.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Ouse - Aire and Calder Junction
Junction of the River Ouse (Yorkshire) with the Aire and Calder navigation.
Ocean Lock No 13
Access to the River Ouse
1¼ furlongs 0 locks
North Docks
Access to four large basins and a large sea-lock
1¾ furlongs 1 lock
South Dock Bridge
Access to Goole
3¼ furlongs 1 lock
South Dock Basins 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Goole Boathouse Marina 6¾ furlongs 1 lock
Viking Marina 7½ furlongs 1 lock
Dutch Riverside 1 mile and ¼ furlongs 1 lock
Dutch Riverside Aqueduct 1 mile and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Dutch Narrows
This is a lock Gate which closes when a train is going over Doncaster Line Railway Bridge.
1 mile and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Doncaster Line Pipe Bridge 1 mile and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Doncaster Line Railway Bridge 1 mile and 2¼ furlongs 1 lock
Doncaster Line Narrows 1 mile and 3¼ furlongs 1 lock
Rawcliffe Bridge Aqueduct No 3 2 miles and ¼ furlongs 1 lock
Rawcliffe Bridge Aqueduct No 2 2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Rawcliffe Bridge Aqueduct No 1 2 miles and 6 furlongs 1 lock
Rawcliffe Pipe Bridge 3 miles and 1 furlong 1 lock
Rawcliffe Bridge Wharf 3 miles and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Rawcliffe Bridge 3 miles and 3 furlongs 1 lock
M62 - M18 Motorway Bridge No 22 4 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
New Bridge (Aire and Calder Navigation) 5 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
New Bridge Aqueduct 5 miles and 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Beever's Bridge 6 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Sykehouse Junction
Junction of Aire and Calder (Main Line) and Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal
7 miles and 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Site of Balne Croft Lane Bridge 8 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
Crowcroft Bridge 8 miles and 7¼ furlongs 1 lock
Pollington Lock No 12 9 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
Pollington Bridge 9 miles and 5¼ furlongs 2 locks
Great Heck Railway Bridge 10 miles and 7½ furlongs 2 locks
Heck Bridge Marina 11 miles and 4¼ furlongs 2 locks
Heck Bridge
With Pipe Bridge alongside
11 miles and 5¼ furlongs 2 locks
Whitley Lock Visitor Moorings 12 miles and 7½ furlongs 2 locks
Whitley Lock No 11 13 miles and ½ furlongs 2 locks
Whitley Lock Motorway Bridge 13 miles and 1½ furlongs 3 locks
A19 Road Bridge 13 miles and 4½ furlongs 3 locks
Selby Road Pipe Bridge 13 miles and 5¾ furlongs 3 locks
Selby Road Bridge 13 miles and 6¼ furlongs 3 locks
Whitley Bridge 13 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Stubbs Pipe Bridge
Whitley Pipe Bridge
14 miles and 6¼ furlongs 3 locks
Stubbs Bridge 15 miles and 4 furlongs 3 locks
Kellingley Railway Bridge
Common Lane Railway Bridge
15 miles and 7 furlongs 3 locks
Kellingley Bridge
With pipe bridge alongside
16 miles and 2 furlongs 3 locks
Common Lane Pipe Bridges No 15 16 miles and 3¾ furlongs 3 locks
Wheeland Road Skew Bridge 16 miles and 7 furlongs 3 locks
Bank Dole Junction
Junction of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Selby Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line)
17 miles 3 locks
Shepherds Bridge 17 miles and 1 furlong 3 locks
Cow Lane Bridge
Knottingley
17 miles and 2¼ furlongs 3 locks
Jackson's Bridge No 22 17 miles and 4¼ furlongs 3 locks
Gaggs Bridge 17 miles and 5½ furlongs 3 locks
Forge Hill Lane Bridge 18 miles 3 locks
Mill Bridge Wharf 18 miles and 1½ furlongs 3 locks
Ferrybridge Flood Lock No 10 18 miles and 4½ furlongs 3 locks
Ferrybridge Flood Lock Footbridge 18 miles and 4¾ furlongs 4 locks
Ferrybridge Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir
18 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Ferrybridge Bypass Bridge 18 miles and 5½ furlongs 4 locks
Old Great North Road Bridge 18 miles and 6 furlongs 4 locks
Ferrybridge Railway Bridge 19 miles and 2¼ furlongs 4 locks
Power Station Pipe Bridge 19 miles and 5¼ furlongs 4 locks
Ferrybridge Wharf 19 miles and 6¼ furlongs 4 locks
A1(M) Motorway Bridge 20 miles and 2½ furlongs 4 locks
Fairburn Railway Bridge 20 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Fryston Basin 21 miles and 2½ furlongs 4 locks
Fairburn Ings Basin 22 miles and 6½ furlongs 4 locks
Bulholme Lock Railway Bridge 23 miles and 1¼ furlongs 4 locks
Bulholme Lock Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir
23 miles and 2 furlongs 4 locks
Bulholme Lock No 9
BW key needed to opperate this lock
23 miles and 2¼ furlongs 4 locks
Castleford Cut Visitor Moorings 23 miles and 4 furlongs 5 locks
Site of Castleford Lock (leading to River Aire)
Infilled
23 miles and 5¼ furlongs 5 locks
C&RT Castleford Maintenance Yard 23 miles and 5¾ furlongs 5 locks
Supreme Marine
Boatyard and drydock
23 miles and 6 furlongs 5 locks
The Griffin PH 23 miles and 6¼ furlongs 5 locks
Barnsdale Road Bridge 23 miles and 6¼ furlongs 5 locks
Castleford Sanitary Station 23 miles and 7 furlongs 5 locks
Castleford Flood Lock No 8
BW key needed to opperate this lock
23 miles and 7½ furlongs 5 locks
Castleford Junction Footbridge 23 miles and 7¾ furlongs 6 locks
Castleford Junction
Junction of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line)
24 miles 6 locks
 
 
 
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Advice notice: Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 11, Ferrybridge Flood Lock — from Thursday the 28th of June, 2018 to Friday the 28th of June, 2019.

Update on 21/08/2018: The flood lock has been reopened and boats currently dont need to operate the lock gates. For safety reasons the footbridge remains closed therefore there is no access onto the island from the Ferrybridge end. Anyone wishing to access the island will need to do so from Mill Bridge. The nearby footbridge has been closed due to safety reasons, until this is resolved the only way for pedestrians to cross the canal is to use the bottom lock gates. We are also asking our boating customers to pen through this lock and ensure that the gates are closed again afterwards  

Notification sent Thursday the 28th of June, 2018

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Aire and Calder Navigation

The Aire and Calder Navigation is a river and canal system of the River Aire and the River Calder in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England. The first improvements to the rivers above Knottingley were completed in 1704 when the Aire was made navigable to Leeds and the Calder to Wakefield, by the construction of 16 locks. Lock sizes were increased several times, as was the depth of water, to enable larger boats to use the system. The Aire below Haddlesey was bypassed by the opening of the Selby Canal in 1778. A canal from Knottingley to the new docks and new town at Goole provided a much shorter route to the River Ouse from 1826. The New Junction Canal was constructed in 1905, to link the system to the River Don Navigation, by then part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

Steam tugs were introduced in 1831. In the 1860s, compartment boats were introduced, later called Tom Puddings, from which coal was unloaded into ships by large hydraulic hoists. This system enabled the canal to carry at its peak more than 1.5 million tons of coal per year, and was not abandoned until 1986. To handle trains of compartments, many of the locks were lengthened to 450 feet (140 m).

Although much of the upper reaches are now designated as leisure routes, there is still significant commercial traffic on the navigation. 300,000 tons were carried in 2007, although most of the traffic is now petroleum and gravel, rather than the coal which kept the navigation profitable for 150 years.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Aire and Calder Navigation
[Barnsley Canal] [Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation] [Canals of the United Kingdom] [River Aire] [Selby Canal] [Canal ring] [New Junction Canal] [Calder and Hebble Navigation] [Altofts]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 14:27