20th-March-2012, 01:14 PM
Canoeing from Leeds.
My girlfriend and I had our first trip down the River Whafe on Sunday. We went from Burley in Whalfsdale to Castley, it took us about 3 hours and was good fun. We are based in Leeds. I am new to canoeing in this region and am after some advice on where else is good to paddle?
I have done a bit around North Wales (mainly in the sea) but the landscape is a bit different around here…
Any advice would be appreciated.
20th-March-2012, 04:57 PM
Can't help i'm afraid, but glad you had a good day out.
20th-March-2012, 06:13 PM
there is quite good! skipton down toKeighley is a good trip!
and Keighley to Bingley is fun too! there are a couple of weirs though but they are easily portaged!
20th-March-2012, 09:03 PM
Hello, depends what level your at and what type of stuff you like to paddle. Similar grade and close to the trip you describe might be:- Wharfe from addingham to Otley or Boston Spa to Tadcaster. Ure from below Slenningford falls to Ripon. Have a search for Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Yorkshire Derwent in Blogs section and see if anything takes your fancy. If you like flat there's a whole heap of canal trips around here worth a look too.
I used to think i was in love and then i bought a Supernova
20th-March-2012, 09:16 PM
Hi this may help you out
BINGLEY CIRCULAR CRUISE. (River Aire & L&L Canal)A BWB licence or BCU/WCA membership sticker is required and you
should check that there are no problems on the river section with the
Local Access Officer.
Set in the foothills of the Pennines the busy little town of Bingley is a good
site from which to undertake a canoe trip. Much of Bingley is an island set
between the river in the south and the Leeds-Liverpool canal to the north.
The industrial landscape of this part of the Aire valley provides a
picturesque and pleasantly surprising recreational canoeing experience.
The trip is essentially one of contrasts from the moving water of the Aire
to the placid waters of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, from the industrial mill
chimneys to the rural landscape on the fringe of Bingley. The journey
takes approximately two hours, much depending on river levels and group
ability. The river stretch is approximately 2.5 miles, the canal stretch
approximately 1.25 miles - a total of 3.75 miles. The river grade under
normal conditions ranges from 0 to 2 excluding weirs. There are many
overhanging trees near the river bank and these may pose a potential
problem for the inexperienced or, unwary paddler, particularly at high water
levels. There is usually a clear path down the centre of the river. The Aire
is slightly polluted and care should be taken to avoid unnecessary contact
with the water.
Take the A650 road from Bradford to Keighley. This main road runs through
the centre of Bingley and forms part of the main street. Turn off the A650
opposite Bingley Fire Station, onto the A629 road to Halifax. Here, one
enters a quaint, narrow street called Millgate, with the Old White Horse
public house on the right. Within 50 ft the road crosses the River Aire on
a stone bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge take the first right
turn, opposite the Brown Cow Inn, into a street of terraced houses. Turn
immediately right again and follow the track down to where a gantry carries
pipes over the river just above the weir. This is the launching point, please
ensure that vehicles are parked at the side of this track. Do not obstruct
as access is required to premises further on.
The beauty of this trip is that the start and the finish as within five minutes
walk of each other. It is advisable to take vehicles to the finishing point
and walk back to the start. Access to the finishing point is to turn down the
track, turn left opposite the Brown Cow, over the bridge, turn right at the
traffic lights into Bingley Main St., follow the road until a set of traffic
lights are reached almost opposite Bradford & Bingley building society
on the right. Turn left at these lights into Ferncliffe Rd., then take the first
left into Chapel Lane and the first right down Midland Hill into the car park
at the bottom, next to the canal. A metro water bus stop on the canal bank
marks the end of the canal trip and is near to an access point from the
canal into the car park. The walk back to the start takes approximately
The river trip
A good launching point is twenty feet or so upstream from the metal gantry
across the river, once afloat and drifting downstream Bingley weir is
encountered. There is not usually enough water to shoot the weir, canoes
can easily be carried over or land on the left hand side. When the river
level is high a stopper develops at the weir base. Once past the weir and
under the road bridge, the river narrows somewhat. Overhanging trees
on the banks, whilst making the trip more picturesque, do pose a potential
problem: particularily in high water, for the unwary. The best course is
down the centre of the river. A quarter of a mile downstream from the
start, the river passes through Myrtle Park. In extreme flood conditions,
the metal bridge here can appear very low. A quarter of a mile after this
bridge and after rounding a bend Harden Beck joins the Aire on the right.
At the same point there is an island in the centre of the river, this should
be passed on the right hand side. There is an obstruction in the river bed
which can be difficult to pass in low water. Almost half a mile beyond this
point one reaches Cottingley Bridge, which carries the main A650
Bradford-Bingley road over the river. Just over a quarter of a mile below
this bridge is a shingle bank. The current flows sharply to the left and
under some trees - take care here, particularly with inexperienced paddlers
- it is potentially dangerous. The next major landmark down the river is
Hirstwood Railway Bridge. After the bridge, the river swings to the left, an
eddy on the
right enables an inspection of the water ahead to be made. A broken weir
and stepping stones, with small standing waves. Rocks lie below the
surface, these rapids mark the end of the river section.
Just after the rapids the Seven Arches Aqueduct can be seen. Land on
the righthand bank well upstream of the aqueduct and, preferably before
the sewage works on the left. A track takes one to a small footbridge over
a stream and up onto the top of the aqueduct. Total paddling time to this
point is approximately one hour.
The canal cruise
The Seven Arches Aqueduct is an impressive structure and carries the
Leeds-Liverpool canal over the River Aire. The aqueduct was designed
by Mr J Longbottom, who also designed the famous three and five locks
at Bingley. This section of the canal was opened in 1774.
The cruise along the canal back to Bingley is the most tranquil and leisurely
part of the journey and disturbed only by the occasional barge or water
bus. The canal takes a much shorter and more direct route than the river;
from the aqueduct the journey takes about one hour. The first and only
obstacle is Cowley Gap locks, less than a quarter of a mile from Seven
Arches Aqueduct. A portage round is necessary. Paddling down the canal
21st-March-2012, 11:25 AM
We did this last year, and we decided it was easier to get in lower down - possibly near the park.
Originally Posted by mickcave
It avoided the weir and everything else which looked "messy".
I think the instructions where written before the by-pass went through !
But it is a nice trip out, and our only problem was making sure we headed off on the canal the right way!
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