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Calderdale Canals

Calder Hebble Navigation Towpath Improvements

This scheme will deliver improvements to a stretch of the Calder Hebble Navigation, approximately 2km between Bridge 1 at Sowerby Bridge Basin and Hollas Lane Bridge.

The improvements are an element of the Canals project, a programme of works across West Yorkshire being delivered as part of the second phase of CityConnect, in partnership with Canal and River Trust and Calderdale Council.

Upgrades to the towpath will provide local communities with a convenient option to travel away from the roads for utility, employment or leisure. CityConnect is committed to improving cycling routes around West Yorkshire and is working towards the vision of West Yorkshire being recognised as a great region for cycling.

Public consultation for the scheme opens on Monday 27 March and will take place for 3 weeks, until 16 April. During the consultation there will be two public consultation events; people are invited to come and view the plans, meet the CityConnect Team and the Canal and River Trust designers and leave their feedback.

Local events will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday 6 April in Sowerby Bridge at Happy Days Cycles, Town Hall Street from 4pm until 7pm
  • Tuesday 11 April in Sowerby Bridge Wharf at Cobblestones Bar and Grill from 11:30am until 2:30pm

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We are inviting local people to give their feedback on proposals which will include improvements such as:

Resurfacing – using a sealed surface to improve water erosion and create a path which will allow people to use it all year round.

Widening the towpath – where possible the width of the towpath will be increased to allow people to pass comfortably.

Coping Stones – where these have become overgrown and uneven they will cleared or removed, cleaned and rebedded.

Improved Signage – will be created for the canal. It aims to promote positive user behaviours and warn of areas where extra care is needed.

Rochdale Canal Towpath Improvements

This scheme will deliver approximately 13km of upgrades to an important section of Rochdale Canal, some of which is currently in a very poor state of repair.

It would involve the upgrade of an off- highway cycle route with high quality surfacing from Lock 1 in Sowerby Bridge to the entrance to the canal towpath at the end of Union Street, Lock 18 in Todmorden, through the towns of Luddenden Foot, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. The scheme would enable the towpath to be used safely and comfortably by cyclists and pedestrians all year round. The upgraded towpath will provide the communities along this route with a convenient option to travel between them away from the roads for leisure, utility or employment. It will also improve the connectivity to a number of off-highway cycle routes in the local area.

This scheme will be delivered in two phases, shown on the maps below. Please see below the below the maps for more details on the improvements.

Public Consultation is now closed. It ran from 28th November to 11th December. People were able to comment on the maps by clicking on the ‘Leave Comment’ button in the bottom left.

There were also three public consultation events;

  • • Wednesday 30 November, Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge from 4.30pm to 7.30pm
    • Thursday 1 December, Happy Days Café, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge from 4.30pm to 7.30pm
    • Friday 2 December, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Todmorden from 4.30pm to 7.30pm – CANCELLED

The Todmorden event was rescheduled and held on Thursday 8th December.



The improvements to be delivered as part of this scheme will include re-surfacing, re-pointing of some cobbled areas, clearing excessive vegetation, signage and drainage improvements. The works on this will interface with the flood remediation works in Calderdale being undertaken by Canal and River Trust and Calderdale MBC, which are being funded through separate grant funding from DfT.

The material used to resurface improve the towpath has been chosen according to the Canal and River Trust Design Standards 2013, it will be a self-binding aggregate which is well suited to a semi-rural environment such as this. Where required along the stretch, sections of the canal wash wall will be rebuilt using salvaged stone from the canal. Where possible the towpath will be widened to improve accessibility for all users, in some areas the width may be limited by physical or environmental barriers

All CityConnect2 schemes are anticipated to be complete by summer 2018. During this period Canal and River Trust will review their signage strategy to support all users of the canal towpaths


Calder and Hebble Canal Towpath Improvements

This scheme will include construction of an off- highway cycle route with high quality surfaces covering around 2km from Lock1 to Stern Mill Bridge 4 Stern Mill Bridge at Hollas Lane.

The Canal and River Trust are currently working on detailed designs for this scheme. Once they have been approved by project partners they will be presented to the public for feedback. Once this has taken place the final designs will be produced, taking into account the feedback.



During the public consultation periods, if you would prefer, you can email your comments to,

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