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River lock

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Lots of boats moored of straight section of navigation at stanley ferry

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RSBP St Aidans view of the reedbeds

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Large electric locks at Woodlesford
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Leeds to Horbury on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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 47.553 miles, 38 locks, 0 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 3 days, 3 hours and 1 minute when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

This is another great option for a Short Break. A versatile cruise with a lock light river section and several electric locks, which takes a big chunk of the lockwheeling off your shoulders. You’ll leave the bustling centre of Leeds and cruise along the Aire and Calder Navigation towards Castlefield Junction. On the way, nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy the old coal mines, now turned into a thriving nature reserve. The trails that lead through the reserve are a great opportunity to stretch your legs before you carry on with your canal journey. At Castlefield Junction, turn right onto the Wakefield branch. The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield is another great attraction on the way which is well worth a visit. Fancy a trip to the famous Yorkshire Sculpture Park? If you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, you can take a short taxi to visit this truly incredible place. Soon, you’ll reach the turning point of your cruise, Horbury Bridge. There are plenty of pubs along the way to replenish your energy levels until you are back in Leeds once again.

Places of interest on the Leeds to Horbury on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Royal Armouries Leeds
Royal Armouries Arena
Royal Armouries Museum
St Aidan's Country park
Leeds - Liverpool Canal
Bramham Park
Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Dock
Leeds Waterfront
Lemonroyd Marina
Thwaites Water Mill
Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum
Thwaite Mills
Thwaite Watermill
Victoria Bridge
Stanley Ferry Marina
New Dock, Royal Armouries
Leeds Dock Water Taxi
Brewery Wharf Green
Brewery Wharf

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

The Hop
Fazenda
Brasserie Blanc
Bundobust
Whitelocks
The Adelphi
Doh'hut
Laynes Espresso
The Brew Society
North Brewing Co Tap Room
Mylahore
My Thai
Water Lane Boathouse
Wetherby Whaler
Kingfisher Fish and Chip Restaurant
Tapped
Sky Lounge
Friends of Ham
Everyman Cinema
The Duck & Drake

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Further reading and learning about the Leeds to Horbury on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal route

Guides

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

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