Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section)

The Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) is a broad canal and is part of the Aire and Calder Navigation. It runs for 7 miles and 4 furlongs through 4 locks from Fall Ing Junction (where it joins the Calder and Hebble Navigation (Main Line)) to Castleford Junction (where it joins the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Goole to Castleford) 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 70 feet and 3 inches long and 17 feet and 9 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 12 feet and 9 inches. The maximum draught is 7 feet and 7 inches.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Fall Ing Junction
Junction of the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section)
Foundry Shoal Railway Bridge No 1 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Wakefield New Road Bridge 3 furlongs 0 locks
Old Wharf Branch Junction
Junction of the Aire and Calder Navigation with the Barnsley Canal
3½ furlongs 0 locks
Eastmoor Railway Bridge No 2 1 mile and ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Broadreach Weir Stream
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
1 mile and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Broadreach Lock No 1 (Flood Lock) 1 mile and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Broadreach Footbridge No 3 1 mile and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Harrisons Bridge No 4 1 mile and 5½ furlongs 1 lock
Ramsdens Bridge Sanitary Station 2 miles and 3 furlongs 1 lock
Ramsdens Swing Bridge 2 miles and 3 furlongs 1 lock
Ramsdens Footbridge
with attached pipebridge
2 miles and 3 furlongs 1 lock
Ramsdens Bridge Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings
2 miles and 3¼ furlongs 1 lock
Stanley Ferry Water Point 2 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
The Stanley Ferry PH
Fayre & Square pub and restaurant
2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Stanley Ferry Marina 2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Stanley Ferry Aqueduct
This is a pair of Aqueducts over the River Calder
2 miles and 4¾ furlongs 1 lock
Stanley Ferry Workshops (C&R Trust) 2 miles and 5¼ furlongs 1 lock
Altofts Bridge
With a pipe bridge alongside
2 miles and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
Birkwood Lock Field Bridge 3 miles and 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Birkwood Lock No 2 3 miles and 2 furlongs 1 lock
King's Road Lock No 3
Altofts village half a mile south. C&RT key needed to operate this lock.
4 miles and ¾ furlongs 2 locks
Foxholes Lane Bridge 4 miles and 1¾ furlongs 3 locks
Site of Foxholes Lock (leading to River Calder)
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4 miles and 2¼ furlongs 3 locks
Foxholes Picnic Area 4 miles and 2¼ furlongs 3 locks
Site of Nordons Swing Bridge 4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 3 locks
Lock Lane Motorway Bridge 4 miles and 4½ furlongs 3 locks
Faries Hill Lock Arm
Short arm to filled in lock
5 miles and ¾ furlongs 3 locks
Woodnook Lock No 4
C&RT key needed to operate this lock
5 miles and 2¼ furlongs 3 locks
Woodnook Lock Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir
5 miles and 2¾ furlongs 4 locks
Methley Railway Bridge No 2 5 miles and 3¼ furlongs 4 locks
Faries Hill Lock Junction
Access to private moorings through Faries Hill Lock
5 miles and 4¾ furlongs 4 locks
Gravel Quarry Arm
Access to the quarry
5 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Methley Railway Bridge No 1 5 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Methley Footbridge No 9
Disused railway bridge
6 miles and 1¼ furlongs 4 locks
Methley Bridge No 10 6 miles and 4½ furlongs 4 locks
Methley Bridge Boatyard and Chandlery 6 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Castleford Mere 7 miles and ¾ furlongs 4 locks
Castleford Junction
Junction of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line)
7 miles and 4 furlongs 4 locks
 
 
 
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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