GUIDE TO THE RIVER CALDER
(Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse)
NAME OF RIVER: River Calder (Halifax Canoe Club, HXCC), Whitewater Course.
WHERE IS IT? Near Halifax, West Yorkshire. OS sheet 104 Leeds/ Bradford.
Take out Brighouse, river left below 2nd weir.
APPROX LENGTH: 10 km.
TIME NEEDED: 4 hours.
ACCESS HASSLES: Access situation good, rarely paddled.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Gauge at Elland. 2 is ok, 4 is good.
GRADING: Grade 2 with weirs.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Mear Clough weir (closed ends), Power station weir (steep, closed ends), other weirs.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Put in Sowerby bridge white water course - Halifax Canoe Club.
069237 1 km to Mear Clough weir - closed ended canoe gobbler in high water - be warned.
077232 1 km to Wire Works weir - metal spikes.
082226 1 km Copley viaduct and broken weir, good put in and parking here.
096223 1 km railway and footbridge, tree stuck here Dec 2002, Hebble brook confluence on the left.
097220 300 m to road bridge. Tail squirt pool river rt.
100214 1 km confluence of Black Brook on rt.
106213 1 km to Elland weirs - mainly playable weirs with easy waves.
125219 1.5 km Power station weir portage rt.
138229 1.5 km Lillands weir shoot rt.
144226 0.5 km Brighouse upper weir.
147226 200 m Brighouse lower weir.
CONTRIBUTED BY:Andy Craven and Paul (Heffy) Heffernan.