Short Break Canal Holidays

There's no faster way to slow down than a short break canal holiday on the Yorkshire waterways. Whether you go up the valley or down, you will find attractive canal scenery, welcoming pubs and plenty to see and do.

We suggest a selection of routes, but you don't have to follow them. Set your own pace, and do more or less, just as you choose.

In a midweek break, you can do one of the routes we suggest, or any of the weekend routes - just take it steady, and find your own stopping places - there are guides on the boat.

Weekend breaks go from 2pm Friday to 9am Monday.

Midweek breaks go from 2pm Monday to 9am Friday.

All short breaks are out and back from Sowerby Bridge.
Mileages and times (for guidance) are for the return trip. Short breaks can be taken with any of these boats.

Weekend break to Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge & Stubbing Wharf 14 miles 20 locks 11 hours
A magical weekend break exploring Hebden Bridge and the romantic Calder Valley.

Weekend on the Calder & Hebble Navigation

Brighouse & Shepley Bridge 22 miles 32 locks 16 hours
A dreamy trip down the tree-lined River Calder, visiting interesting small towns.

Weekend break to Todmorden

Hebden Bridge & Todmorden 20 miles 34 locks 16 hours
A more active trip which steeps you in the dramatic Calder Valley.

Weekend break to Huddersfield

Huddersfield 24 miles 46 locks 22 hours
Another aspect of West Riding life, with bright lights and Harold Wilson's statue.

Midweek break to Walsden

Hebden Bridge & Walsden 24 miles 62 locks 25 hours
Head into the Pennines on this exciting holiday, including quirky Hebden Bridge and the border town of Todmorden.

Midweek break to Wakefield

Wakefield 42 miles 52 locks 27 hours
Travel down the tree-lined Calder Valley, culminating in a visit to the acclaimed Hepworth Wakefield.