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Selby to Leigh via the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

12th - 26th July 2014

124 miles - 98 locks - 42 Swing Bridges


Day Date From To Miles Locks Swing Bridges Hours
1 12/7 Selby Basin West Haddersley 5 0 0 2
2 13/7 West Haddersley Woodlesford Lock 18 7 0 6.5
3 14/7 Woodlesford Lock Rodley 12 17 3 7.5
4 15/7 Rodley Ashley Lane, Saltaire 6 5 7 4
5 16/7 Ashley Lane, Saltaire Riddleston 5.5 11 6 5
6 17/7 Riddleston Skipton 10 0 16 4
7 18/7 Rest Day in Skipton        
8 19/7 Skipton Bank Newton Bottom Lock 6 6 5 4
9 20/7 Bank Newton Salterforth 7.5 9 0 6
10 21/7 Salterforth Bridge 118 Hapton 17 7   7
11 22/7 Hapton Riley Green 15 6 4 7
12 23/7 Riley Green Haigh Hall 12 7 0 6
13 24/7 Haigh Hall Moss Ince Flash 5 23   7
14 25/7 Moss Ince Flash Leigh 5 0 1 2
15 26/7 Changeover at Leigh        
      124 98 42 69


Entrance to Selby Lock from the River Ouse

Narrowboat locking up from the Ouse

John & Anne

Crew changeover at Selby Basin

nb Tumbarumba still looks the business despite being 11 years old

A GRP boat leaving Selby Basin and heading for the swing bridge

Tumbarumba leaves a wake in the green algae as we head along the Selby Canal

Boat leaving West Haddersley Flood Lock on the Selby Canal

Broadbeam boat approaching West Haddersley Flood Lock

Moored for the night at West Haddersley Lock

Power Station cooling towers in the distance

Day 2, and on to the River Aire

Beal Lock on the River Aire

Approaching Ferrybridge

Ferrybridge Locks

The first mate trying to work out how to use the hydraulic lock system

Back out on to the river heading for Castleford

Bulhome Locks

Heading up the River Aire to Leeds; moored at Lemonroyd Lock

A huge lock chamber, but at least the gates are hydraulically operated

"Victoria" commercial barge

Fishpond Lock

The old and the new; the canal goes under the M1 Motorway after Fishpond Lock

Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum

At Knostrop Fall Lock

Falstrop Fall Lock

Approaching Leeds

New developments along the river at Leeds

Visitor moorings and facilities on the outskirts of Leeds

Leeds Lock

Crown Point Bridge


Crown Point Bridge

With the rapid development of the city in the 1820's, and increasing traffic using Leeds Bridge, there was a need for another crossing over the River Aire at the eastern end of the town. In 1840 an Act of Parliament was obtained which allowed the building of a bridge at Crown Point. The architects were George Leather & Son. Of Leeds, who designed a single span bridge, 120ft wide, made of cast iron, with an ornate fretted iron parapet. The iron castings were made by Booth & Co. at the Park Iron Works in Sheffield, and the stonework was by James Bray of Leeds. The bridge was opened in 1842, and cost £36,000 to build. Crown Point Bridge was originally a toll bridge, but the toll was abolished in 1868. The bridge was widened in 1994.


Lock No. 1, Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Centre of Leeds

Leaving Leeds - Oddy 2 Locks

Spring Garden Lock - 9 foot deep

One of the many swing bridges on the Leeds-Liverpool canal

Time for a brew!



Yet another swing bridge, in use this time

The Dobson 2-locks, with nb "Kowka" ahead with Ron & Margaret


Looking back from the Dobson top lock

Leaving moorings at Saltaire


A typical Yorkshire stone cottage, entering into the spirit of La Tour de France

Salts Mill

The Bingley 5-rise Locks

Leaving Riddleston for Skipton

Into open countryside

Even the narrowboats were decked out to celebrate La Tour de France!


Ron & Margaret on nb "Kowka"

Moorings at Skipton

Broadbeam sightseeing boat at Skipton

Centre of Skipton

More Tour de France promotional work

A shop window decked out to celebrate the "Grand Depart" in Yorkshire


Statue of Yorkshire cricketer Sir Freddie Truman

Another house entering into the spirit of the Tour de France

Skipton partygoers on a night out. Health and safety? What's that?

Guard Dog

Leaving Skipton on a wet afternoon

Locking with nb "Milady of Norfolk"


Higherland Lock, Lock 32

The crew at work





Evening mist

Ready for the Bank Newton Locks with Frank & Bridget of nb "Orion B"

Delayed due to lack of water in the first pound, requiring the Canal & Rivers Trust staff member
to arrange for water to come down from the higher locks

Carpenters Yard Bridge, Bridge 167

nb Orion B's display of flowers

Shady area near Salterworth

Double Arched Bridge, Bridge 161 at East Marton

Into open country

Looking back from Greenberfield Locks

Moored next to the Anchor Inn at Salterforth

Salterforth Visitor Moorings

Passing from Yorkshire to Lancashire


Classic narrowboats


Exiting the 1,640 yard long Foulridge Tunnel

Starting the descent, at Barrowford Locks

Foulridge Lower Reservoir was quite low due to lack of rain

nb Orion B passing under Barrowford Road bridge on the 7-lock flight

The first mate, windlass in hand, striding out between the Barrowford Locks

The new Reedley Marina

On the Burnley Embankment

Terraced houses in Burnley



Approaching the Gannow Tunnel

Looking back inside the Gannow Tunnel

Moored near Hapton as the sun goes down

Cargo barge "Dee" near Smith's Swing Bridge

The disused Imperial factory on the outskirts of Blackburn

Daisyfield Mill, Blackburn

nb "Scrumpy" moored at Riley Green

Johnson's Hill Top Lock

Botany Bay mill on the approach to Chorley

The first mate having a well deserved rest

Moored at Haigh Hall for the night prior to doing the Wigan flight of 21 locks

Joining David & Judy of nb Kindred Spirit for the Wigan Flight

Moored at Moss Ince Flash

Moss Ince Flash, a short way from our final destination of Leigh