River Calder - Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brigho

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A couple of things following last weeks floods.
  • In the first pool on the course with slalom gates on 3 of the wires are down. I have recovered two of these to the left bank where they are coiled up out of the way and well above the current water level - if we have another flood they could go back in the river, but would be along the river left bank pretty well out of the way. There was no sign of the third wire - I suspect it headed off down river with whatever debris removed it, but there's a chance it could still be in the water, so be aware.
  • Rocks may have moved in the third drop - it was still a bit high to tell for certain, but it seemed a bit different.
  • Downstream of the get of there is quite a bit of tree debris to be aware of.
  • Also downstream of the get off one of the old bridges between the works has collapsed into the river. This is about 250-300m below the club get off steps and before you get to the access to the canal basin. There's a lot of metal work in the river along with the tree debris it collected. At a level today's level (and you wouldn't want to head down to the next weir with much more water) it looked like there was a route through, but I didn't get too close. This will be a potential hazard to anyone out of their boat beyond the club steps - I'll be reporting it to the Environment Agency as the next flood could break it up into a right mess or send the whole lot off down the river!

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse)

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You may be aware that Puzzle Weir upstream of Halifax Canoe Club's site (also know as Hollins Mill Weir) started to collapse a few years ago. Recent floods have furthered the collapse of the face of the weir making it seriously dangerous at the moment.

To be clear, heading upstream from Halifax Canoe Club this is the first weir you come to. If you are paddling downstream towards the club, this is the weir after the ‘double weir’ and it is recognised as you approach it by the weir extending out from the right bank as the river makes a 90 degree bend to the right over the weir.

Approaching from upstream the weir looks doable from above but definitely not when inspected from below.
All of flow (at low to medium levels) is going in to the collapsed section with the remaining face dry and unrunnable. In the collapsed section there are lots of metal spikes of sticking out which would be pretty lethal, and debris piled up at the foot of the weir – see photo’s below. Do not consider paddling down the collapsed section!
Please approach with caution and egress on to the right bank above the weir to inspect and portage.
No doubt the weir will continue to collapse in the coming months making it more dangerous.

Full details, map and pictures: http://www.halifaxcanoe.org.uk/warning- ... ir-hazard/

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Re: River Calder - Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse

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Anybody know the recomended egress and parking in Brighouse?

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Re: River Calder - Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse

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stuartcm83 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:55 am
Anybody know the recommended egress and parking in Brighouse?
Hmmm - I should probably have added the points to Google Maps back in the day when we routinely used them!

The easy option is to switch to the canal at Brockfoot: https://goo.gl/maps/N2NYRtpwmRa4FKfBA - or to park and finish at Brockfoot. If you follow the canal from there, the next easy spot is Brighouse Basin: https://www.watersidemooring.com/329-brighouse-basin-l1

If you follow the river instead of the canal, you're committed to at least two weirs. One is just below Brockfoot, the next is at the RokT Climbing Gym (where steps allow egress if the gym is open) and the third is opposite the railway station.

This video shows both...



We'd love to gather ongoing evidence of people using Snake Hill, opposite the railway station, as we fought a court case to retail access. Beware: the bank is likely to be overgrown! This is the point: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news ... -brighouse

Others have got on and off further down, at Brighouse Marina (mentioned above) or at Huntingdon Rd footbridge: https://goo.gl/maps/S9tBHf1SgEtFJC7T6

Alternatively, re-jig your trip to finish at Battyeford! http://www.penninecrc.org/?page_id=2492

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