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There are now some great images of the River Calder and the Canal which are available at the Copley Valley website. You can see the pictures in the Gallery section.


Approximately two miles of the Calder and Hebble Canal, Sowerby Bridge Marina to Calder and Hebble Lock, Wakefield Road, Halifax (Dean Clough Canal).

SWAMP RESERVOIR - Boulderclough, Luddendenfoot.

RIVER CALDER - The following lengths are available. Members must use the points of entry as laid down and not take short cuts. The banks are as follows: North Bank - the Left Bank looking downstream; South Bank - Right Bank looking downstream.

BREARLEY - Right Bank (South) 25 yards below the weir to fence opposite Tillotsons Home Nurseries.

HILL TOP CRICKET FIELDS SOWERBY BRIDGE (South Bank) From the outflow of Luddendenfoot Sewerage Works to the cricket Pavilion Entry: Walton Street to Cricket ground then keep as near the river as possible. Note: No fishing allowed during a cricket match.

WAKEFIELD ROAD, SOWERBY BRIDGE (North Bank) From Canal Mills to Sterne Mills Bridge. Entry from Wakefield Road to the Standard Wire Works, through the gate in the wall on canal bank. From Sterne Bridge to the iron footbridge over the Canal (North Bank). Entry: over the footbridge.., follow path to river and step over wall. Members must not approach this stretch from any other way.

COPLEY, NORTH DEAN WOODS (South Bank) From Copley Church to a point near the Railway Viaduct from Greetland. Entry by the way through the wood and around the Church.

STAINLAND ROAD, HALIFAX (North Bank) From Stainland Road to the first bend in the river.

MILE RUN (South bank) From the notice board at Standard Wire Bridge to the notice at the end boundary fence at the allotments.

DIXON WOOD entrance from Hollins Mill Lane over cycle bridge or path from cricket field (south bank)

HARDCASTLE CRAGS midgehole by "Newbridge" car park at Blue Pig Clubhouse, 1 mile both banks. Downstream to Dark Lane bridge, or from Keighley Road, left at Nutclough traffic lights along Foster Lane to Pack Horse bridge. Upstream path parallel to Archery club by side of Dark Lane bridge.

Sat-Nav codes for the waters:

River Calder

Swamp Dam, Boulderclough, Luddenden Foot             N53.71259  W1.94425
Brearley Lane, Mytholmroyd (limit)                                N53.72909  W1.96402
Dixon Wood / Rose Grove (Hollins Ln cycle bridge)      N53.71187  W1.91937
Sowerby Bridge C.C. / Pulman Steel, Walton St             N53.70969  W1.91636

The canal is the same access point on the following locations, all of which are off Wakefield Road

Canal limit Gasworks Rd (Navigation Pub)                    N53.71037  W1.90000
Mearclough Walker Lane (car park)                                 N53.71003  W1.89569
Standard Wire / Stern Mills (Hollas Lane)                       N53.70578  W1.88466
Copley Church (North Dean Rd)                                        N53.69754  W1.87353
Lower Copley (New sewerage works, Stainland Rd)      N53.69707  W1.85824
Heath R.U.F.C. (Stainland Rd)                                            N53.68970  W1.85238
Canal limit Huddersfield Rd (Watermill Pub)                 N53.70246  W1.85381