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

The Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Castleford to Leeds) is a commercial waterway and is part of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line). It runs for 10 miles through 5 locks from Castleford Junction (where it joins the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Goole to Castleford)) to Leeds Bridge (where it joins the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan 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 a junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation (Leeds Dock) at Leeds Dock Entrance.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Castleford Junction
Junction of the Aire and Calder Navigation (Wakefield Section) and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line)
The Boat PH (Allerton Bywater) 6 furlongs 0 locks
Allerton Wharf 7 furlongs 0 locks
Site of Kippax Coal Staithe 1 mile and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Kippax Lock No 7
Lock combined with Lemonroyd Lock when canal rerouted
1 mile and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Astley Loading Staithe 2 miles 0 locks
St. Aidan's Drainage Outlet 2 miles and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Caroline Swing Bridge 2 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Astley Coal Staithe Junction 2 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Pit Lane Footbridge 2 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Methley Savile Colliery Basin and branch connecting Methley Cut and River Aire
The branch connected the Methley Cut and River Aire. Both the basin and branch are infilled.
2 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Shan House Bridge 2 miles and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Savile Basin
Infilled
3 miles 0 locks
Lemonroyd Lock Weir Exit 3 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Lemonroyd Lock No 6
C&RT key needed to operate this lock
3 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Lemonroyd Marina 3 miles and 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Fleet Lane Bridge 3 miles and 5½ furlongs 1 lock
Fleet Lane Arm
Leading to Fleet Lock (Infilled)
3 miles and 6¾ furlongs 1 lock
Swillington Pipe Bridge 4 miles and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Swillington Bridge Wharf 4 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Swillington Bridge Pipe Bridge 4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Swillington Bridge 4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Woodlesford Lock No 5
C&RT key needed to operate this lock
4 miles and 6¼ furlongs 1 lock
Woodlesford Lock Visitor Moorings 4 miles and 7¼ furlongs 2 locks
Fishpond Lock No 4 5 miles and 5¼ furlongs 2 locks
Fishpond Lock Overflow Sluice 5 miles and 5¾ furlongs 3 locks
Site of Bullough Bridge 5 miles and 7 furlongs 3 locks
Rothwell Field Bridge No 7b 6 miles and 2 furlongs 3 locks
Rothwell Motorway Bridge 6 miles and 3¼ furlongs 3 locks
Pontefract Road Pipe Bridge 6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 3 locks
Stourton wharf 7 miles and ½ furlongs 3 locks
Skelton Grange Bridge No 6 7 miles and 4¾ furlongs 3 locks
Thwaite Mills Pontoon 7 miles and 5¼ furlongs 3 locks
Site of Thwaite Swing Bridge 7 miles and 6¼ furlongs 3 locks
Thwaite Mills 7 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Thwaite Lane Bridge 7 miles and 7½ furlongs 3 locks
Junction with River Aire (Old Channel) South 8 miles and 1 furlong 3 locks
Knostrop Fall Lock No 3 8 miles and 1¼ furlongs 3 locks
Pipe Bridge (Knostrop) 8 miles and 2¾ furlongs 4 locks
Knostrop Depot 8 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Knostrop Flood Footbridge 8 miles and 5¾ furlongs 4 locks
Knostrop Flood Gates No 2 8 miles and 5¾ furlongs 4 locks
Junction with River Aire (Old Channel) North 8 miles and 6 furlongs 4 locks
Knostrop Flood Lock Weir Entrance 8 miles and 6¼ furlongs 4 locks
Hunslet Mill 8 miles and 7 furlongs 4 locks
Richmond Bridge (Leeds) 9 miles and ¼ furlongs 4 locks
Echo Central
Two prominent and complementary residential developments on north bank
9 miles and 2 furlongs 4 locks
Leeds Sanitary Station 9 miles and 3 furlongs 4 locks
Leeds Lock Weir Stream Entrance 9 miles and 4 furlongs 4 locks
Royal Armouries Museum 9 miles and 4¼ furlongs 4 locks
Leeds Lock No 1
C&RT key needed to operate this lock
9 miles and 4½ furlongs 4 locks
Fearns Island Moorings 9 miles and 4¾ furlongs 5 locks
Knight's Way Bridge 9 miles and 4¾ furlongs 5 locks
Leeds Dock Entrance 9 miles and 5 furlongs 5 locks
Site of Fearns Island Footbridge 9 miles and 5½ furlongs 5 locks
Crown Point Bridge 9 miles and 5½ furlongs 5 locks
Centenary Bridge (Leeds)
Connects The Calls (north bank) to Brewery Wharf (south bank)
9 miles and 6½ furlongs 5 locks
Aire and Calder Dock 9 miles and 6¾ furlongs 5 locks
Leeds Bridge
Junction of River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool Canal
10 miles 5 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.

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[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