The Milestone Society

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.

Description

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.

 

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