Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Admiring the Aire & Calder


Although we have been this way 3 or 4 times over the past 2 years, this large industrial waterway is still enjoyable.  The commercial traffic is all but finished now, the few gravel barges and oil tankers no longer working.

With the signs of the working history of this canal still along the banks, the hills of coal mine waste and the power stations contrasting with the green fields, crops growing and the beginnings of Yorkshire hills we have made our journey today through Knottingley and Castleford to Stanley Ferry.

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No not more sunsets, this was the sunrise at 5.30 this morning. Hope you’re impressed!




Feed mill at Whitley Bridge.




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The open coal mine at Kellingley, with piles of coal on the bank side.

And an old coal shute mocked up to show how it was loaded into the boats.






                                   King’s Flour mill at Knottingley.




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At Ferrybridge, the power station dominates and the large stop lock dwarfs Tacet on the way through and under the bridges.

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Approaching Stanley Ferry there are two aqueducts crossing the river, a large C&RT yard where many lock gates are made.

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Once over the aqueduct there are a lot of long term moorings and a lovely row of cottages.

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Whitley lock – Stanley Ferry, 15 miles, 6 locks

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