Out & Back Canal Holidays

These narrow boat holiday routes give you the freedom to roam as you please, following one of our suggested routes or your own inclinations.

Boats for these routes start on Friday, Saturday or Monday at 2pm and return to Sowerby Bridge 9am.

Mileages and times (for guidance) are for the return trip from/to Sowerby Bridge.

Up the Calder Valley

Todmorden & Brighouse 32 miles 54 locks 28 hours
A magical break exploring Hebden Bridge and the romantic Calder Valley.

Down the Calder Valley

Stanley Ferry 49 miles 54 locks 30 hours
See Sydney Harbour Bridge in miniature.

Rochdale Canal

Walsden 25 miles 62 locks 25 hours
Head almost to the summit of the Rochdale Canal, through romantic scenery and pretty towns.

Aire & Calder Navigation

Selby 96 miles 68 locks 40 hours
From Stanley Ferry (see above) go to Castleford and keep on the main line of the Aire & Calder Navigation to Knottingley. This section briefly passes through an industrial hinterland, but is full of interest because water-borne freight comes through. At Bank Dole you leave the main line and its electric locks, to drop into the Aire as it winds through farmland, stopping occasionally at pretty brick-built villages. And so to Selby, where you can explore the ancient Abbey and market, before taking the train to York � you could have time for a full day there. This return trip is relatively easy. Navigation note: We do not recommend passage beyond Selby onto the tidal Ouse.