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Huddersfield Broad Canal

The Huddersfield Broad Canal runs from the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Aspley Basin to Cooper Bridge on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

Map of the Huddersfield Broad Canal

Facts & Stats

3.3 miles

(5.3 km)

The length of the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

9 locks

From Aspley Basin to Cooper Bridge

This canal was built to link Huddersfield to the Calder and Hebble Navigation. This was an important connection for the local textile and woollen industries to import coal for the steam driven mills and to export their goods.


Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 56′ 9″ (17.3 metres) – lock 6
  • Beam: 14′ 2″ (4.32 metres) – lock 6
  • Height: 9′ 2″ (2.8 metres) – Vernon Bridge (No 4)
  • Draught: 5′ 7″ (1.7 metres) – lock 6

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust

Useful info

A Sanitary Station key is required to operate Turnbridge Loco Lifting Bridge (no 17)

A handcuff key is required to operate lock 9 (Red Doles Lock)

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