Aire & Calder Navigation

AIRE & CALDER NAVIGATIONOpened as long ago as 1700 and subsequently rebuilt more than once for larger and larger cargo craft, the Aire & Calder is still used regularly by commercial freight traffic today. It gives an indication of what our canal system might have been like if waterways history had taken a different course. Based on the two rivers of its name, the Aire & Calder connects Goole, Wakefield, Selby and Leeds. While the Selby and Wakefield branches may make for more attractive cruising, the main line provides interest for those who like to see waterways doing what they were built for.Main line: 34 miles 11 locksWakefield line: 7 miles 3 locksSelby line: 23 miles 4 locksMaximum dimensions for entire system: length 78ft 6in, beam 16ft 6in (some sections are considerably larger)

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