CALDER & HEBBLE NAVIGATION FROM BRIGHOUSE TO SOWERBY BRIDGE WITH MILESTONES , LOCK-KEEPERS COTTAGES AND 250 YEARS OF CANAL HERITAGE
Walk Length: 7 miles. Allow 5 hours
Grade: The route is medium mainly on level tracks, much with tarmac although short sections are on uneven and steep cobblestones, particularly near canal locks. Not suitable for mobility-impaired or young children.
Start: Sowerby Bridge Railway Station.
Grid Reference: GR SE06261 23472
Postcode: HX6 3AB
Public transport: Sowerby Bridge has good bus links with all surrounding towns and train links with Leeds (via Bradford or Dewsbury) and Hebden
Parking: in station car park or on approach road to station.
The first leg is via train to Brighouse. From platform 2 there are hourly trains to Brighouse Monday to Saturday. Once in Brighouse , we walk along Bradford Road before accessing the Calder & Hebble Navigation in the centre of the town. We then follow the canal towpath all the way to Sowerby Bridge visiting over 10 locks on the way as well as 5 canal milestones, numerous quarter and half-mile markers, lock markers and several lock-keepers cottages. The towpath passes Brookfoot, Cromwell Bottom, Elland Bridge, Salterhebble and Copley before arriving in Sowerby Bridge.