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Hebden Bridge


Hebden Bridge

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Leeds to Hebden Bridge

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 91.731 miles, 100 locks, 0 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 7 days, 4 hours and 7 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

A cruise from Leeds to Hebden Bridge on the Rochdale Canal is the perfect introduction to the waterways in the Pennines. First, you’ll leave the bustling city centre of Leeds, where the Leeds and Liverpool canal turns into the Aire and Calder Navigation. Continue until Castleford Junction and turn right onto the Calder and Hebble Navigation. Soon you’ll reach Sowerby Bridge with its impressive Transshipment basins and Canal Warehouses. A climb up Wainhouse Tower with its 400 steps is rewarded with great views over the town and the surrounding hills. Once you have left Sowerby Bridge, the navigation turns into the Rochdale Canal. It’s a very pleasant cruise through open countryside, with only a few villages, pubs and plenty of wildlife on the way. After 5 miles, you’ll reach the turning point for your journey, Hebden Bridge. The town is renowned for its creative residents and, of course, pubs. Hebden Bridge is also a great starting point for a variety of walks into the surrounding hillside. Now it’s time to turn around and make your way back through the rugged beauty of the Pennines to Leeds.

Places of interest on the Leeds to Hebden Bridge route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve
Hebden Bridge Park Playground
Royal Armouries Leeds
Royal Armouries Arena
Royal Armouries Museum
St Aidan's Country park
Leeds - Liverpool Canal
Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
Bramham Park
Hebden Bridge Park
Rochdale Canal
Leeds Grand Theatre
Slaithwaite Bridge
Leeds Dock
Leeds Waterfront
Lemonroyd Marina
Tuel Lane Lock
Calder Holmes Park
Thwaites Water Mill
Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

The Hop
Greens Vegetarian Cafe
Hogs Head Brew House
Brasserie Blanc
Olive Branch
Caffe Shop
Olive Branch Bistro
Mamil Cafe Bar
The Millers Bar
Burgers and Drinks
The Blue Teapot
The Dusty Miller Inn
Marstons Chicken Shop
The Adelphi

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Further reading and learning about the Leeds to Hebden Bridge route


Related Nicholson Guide:
North West & the Pennines - Nicholson Guide No 5

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