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15a. Narrow boat canal trip from Stanley Ferry to the Dewsbury Arm and Savile Town Wharf Marina via Horbury Bridge

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Sunday June 10th June 2018 * Next day

Another venture with Bill on his narrow boat KESTREL on the Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Stanley Ferry Marina including the old toll house and the nearby Stanley Ferry aqueducts (Calder & Hebble Navigation).

 

The Stanley Ferry pub (Hungry Horse chain).

Built from an old warehouse.

Huge eating and drinking facilities including the Doc's Landing Bar.

I like the name of the bar 'Doc's Landing'!

Decent food at a very reasonable price.

Enjoyed a good bar meal.

There is a children's playground too.

www.docbrown.info

 

 

The original Stanley Ferry aqueduct made of cast, designed by George Leather, over the River Calder (Calder & Hebble Navigation).

The trough for the boats is suspended from a cast iron arch, built on the same principle, but 100 years earlier than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The first boat to cross it was in 1839 - a schooner of160 tons hauled by three men!

 

The original iron girder Stanley Ferry Viaduct and across from it is moored the SM LITTLEBECK.

In the foreground is the new concrete viaduct was opened in 1981 and built because of concerns over large craft passing over it.

 

A view north across the 'old' and 'new' Stanley Ferry Viaducts, SM LITTLEBECK (SM Little Beck)

 

A general view of the Aire and Calder Navigation canal looking north at Stanley Ferry at the visitor moorings

 

The moorings at Stanley Ferry (Calder & Hebble Navigation).

 

Heading south on the canal and approaching Broadreach Lock in early morning mist ((Calder & Hebble Navigation)).

 

Left: Rejoining the River Calder. Right: Disused railway bridge south of Broadreach Lock (Calder & Hebble Navigation)

 

Fall Ing Lock (Calder & Hebble Navigation)

 

Near Wakefield Flood Lock (Calder & Hebble Navigation)

 

The Wakefield Flood Lock and approaching the '99 Arches' railway viaduct (actually 95 arches and still in use)

 

Some details of the '99 arches' viaduct over the canal.

 

Left: Broad Cut Low Lock, Calder and Hebble Navigation, near Broad Cut visitor moorings, and onto Broad Cut Top Lock

Right: Disused railway bridge

 

Left: Calder and Hebble Navigation, Horbury Bridge visitor moorings, up on the right is The Bingley Arms for good ale and food!

Right: The entrance to the Horbury Basin Residential Moorings and Sanitary Station (Calder & Hebble Navigation)

 

Figure of three bottom lock, Calder & Hebble Navigation

 

Left: Lady Anne Bridge No 24. Right: Yet another disused railway bridge.

 

Approaching and leaving Mill Bank Lock No. 22 and Mill Bank Bridge 23 (Calder & Hebble Navigation).

A pleasant canal scene but Mill Bank Lock gates have some serious leaks!

 

Left: The Ingham Colliery Bridge 39 - disused railway bridge. Right: Lodge Farm Bridge No 27.

 

Approaching Double Lock Bridges (the two locks were prior to this on the left), as we head up the Dewsbury Arm.

Right: A disused railway bridge over the Dewsbury Arm off the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal.

 

Left: Bridge 9 at Bretton. Right: The approach to Dewsbury signed with the 'Calder & Hebble Navigation' opened in 1770 !

 

Another disused railway bridge before the approach to Dewsbury, once the same rail route as the bridge above, and the Savile Town Wharf Marina visitor moorings.

 

Savile Town Wharf Marina at the end of the Dewsbury Arm canal cut.

 

The Leggers Inn (good for real ale!) and the Old Stables Coffee House Cafe and Bistro (still open?) and a swan that looks forward to rich pickings from visitors to the Saville Wharf Marina near Dewsbury.

If you turn left out of the gate to the marina, about half a mile up the road and across from the traffic lights you find a very good ASDA store!

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