Huddersfield Broad Canal
The Huddersfield Broad Canal is a broad canal and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 3 miles and 4 furlongs through 9 locks from Cooper Bridge Junction (where it joins the Calder and Hebble Navigation (Main Line)) to Aspley Basin (Huddersfield) (where it joins the Huddersfield Narrow Canal).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 57 feet and 6 inches long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 9 feet and 2 inches. The maximum draught is 5 feet and 7 inches.
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 82M - South Pennine Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 12M - Huddersfield Canals Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 5 - North West & the Pennines
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Cheshire Ring & South Pennine Ring
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|Cooper Bridge Junction
Junction of the Huddersfield Broad Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation
|Leeds Road Bridge||¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|River Colne Junction
No access to the downstream river which is cordoned off with red buoys.
|1 furlong||0 locks|
|Cooper Bridge No 1||1 furlong||0 locks|
|Cooper Bridge Lock No 1||1 furlong||0 locks|
|Cooper Bridge Railway Bridge No 2||2¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Colne Bridge Lock No 2||2½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Colne Bridge No 3||3 furlongs||2 locks|
|Colne Bridge First Pipe Bridge||3½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Colne Bridge Second Pipe Bridge||4¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Colne Bridge Third Pipe Bridge||5¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Colne Bridge Railway Bridge No 4
Carries a cycle path over the canal
|5½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Joe Kayes Bridge No 5||6¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Ladgrave Lock No 3||6¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Longlands Lock No 4||1 mile and ¼ furlongs||3 locks|
|Vernon Bridge No 6||1 mile and ¾ furlongs||4 locks|
|Deighton Viaduct No 7 (disused)||1 mile and 1 furlong||4 locks|
|Deighton Road Bridge No 8||1 mile and 1¾ furlongs||4 locks|
|Turnpike Road Lock No 5||1 mile and 3¾ furlongs||4 locks|
|Annis Lee Bridge No 9||1 mile and 4¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Reading Lock No 6||1 mile and 4¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Fieldhouse Bridge No 10||1 mile and 6 furlongs||6 locks|
|Fieldhouse Green Lock No 7||1 mile and 6¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Falls Lock No 8||1 mile and 7 furlongs||7 locks|
|Red Doles Bridge No 11||2 miles and ¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Red Doles Lock No 9
Also called Fartown Green Lock
|2 miles and ¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|New Road Bridge No 11A||2 miles and 3½ furlongs||9 locks|
|Hillhouse Lane Bridge No 12||2 miles and 4¾ furlongs||9 locks|
|Leeds Road Bridge No 13||2 miles and 5¾ furlongs||9 locks|
|Gas Street Bridge No 14||2 miles and 6¼ furlongs||9 locks|
|Huddersfield First Gas Pipe Bridge||2 miles and 6¼ furlongs||9 locks|
|Huddersfield Second Gas Pipe Bridge||2 miles and 6¼ furlongs||9 locks|
|Anchor Street Winding Hole||2 miles and 7 furlongs||9 locks|
|Turnbridge Footbridge||3 miles||9 locks|
|Turnbridge Lifting Bridge||3 miles||9 locks|
|Aspley Basin Bridge No 18||3 miles and 3¾ furlongs||9 locks|
|Aspley Basin (Huddersfield)
Moorings for Huddersfield and Junction of Huddersfield Broad and Narrow Canals
|3 miles and 4 furlongs||9 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Huddersfield Broad Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 8, Falls Lock — from Monday the 7th of January, 2019 to Friday the 1st of March, 2019.
Wikipedia has a page about Huddersfield Broad Canal
The Huddersfield Broad Canal or Sir John Ramsden's Canal, is a wide-locked navigable canal in West Yorkshire in northern England. The waterway is 3.75 miles (6 km) long and has 9 wide locks. It follows the valley of the River Colne and connects the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge junction with the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near Aspley Basin in Huddersfield.
Construction was authorised in 1774, and the canal opened two years later. It became part of a trans-Pennine route in 1811 when the Huddersfield Narrow Canal joined it at Aspley Basin. Traffic was hampered by the long narrowboats used on the narrow canal that could not use Ramsden's Canal's shorter locks. Goods were transhipped at Aspley Basin, and although shorter narrowboats were built, its success as a trans-Pennine route was overshadowed by the Rochdale Canal which had wide locks throughout and joined the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge. The canal passed into railway ownership in 1845, but prospered into the 20th century. Railway ownership ceased in 1945, when it was bought by the Calder and Hebble Navigation, at which point the narrow canal across the Pennines was abandoned. The broad canal carried commercial traffic, particularly coal for power stations, until 1953.
After the formation of British Waterways in 1962, the canal was designated a cruiseway in 1968, which meant that it was mainly for leisure traffic. Use of the canal has increased significantly since the Hudderfield Narrow Canal re-opened in 2001, as it is no longer a dead end. Many of its structures have been given listed building status, in recognition of their historic importance.