Wakefield to Mirfield, via the Calder & Hebble Navigation path. 11.6 miles
|Wakefield Flood Lock|
|Broad Cut Low Lock|
Here we have to make a choice on which side of the Calder we wish to walk as the Navigation's cuts do not line up with useful crossing places on the river, and I choose to take the southern path so join the A636 across Thornes Island and hope that the developments along here have good flood insurance, and join the bridleway that leads to the flood embankment that goes down to the M1 bridge between river and flooded gravel quarries. Meet a Polish couple cycling down here, and they seem stuck as to how to get to the start of the Broad Cut, and a combination of language differences and an out of date Explorer 278 means I'm no help at all in getting them to their destination. Finding Broad Cut is no problem at all on foot and cross over at BC Low lock to avoid walking through the moorings and take a detour up to the railway bridge over the Calder so I can see the scariest footbridge in the county, a passageway going through the plate girder bridge and it's disturbing just to look at and must be utterly terrifying if you are inside it when a train passes over. return to the path and cross over by the Navigation in and pass under the Barnsley line, before realising that I'm on the wrong side of the cut and cross back over at BC Top lock to pause for watering and watching the boating going on.
|Thornhill Double locks|
1,000 Miles Cumulative Total: 309.3 miles