The white water
course, developed to create a facility for canoeing using the weirs
associated with the former mills, is on the River Calder in the centre of Sowerby Bridge. It is about 300m long and consists mainly of pool and drop rapids,
generally grade 2, but in high water it can reach grade 3. The course is
used for Div 2, 3 and 4 slalom competitions, general white water training and playboating. There is also plenty of flat water and some training gates upstream of the white water course.
In August 2007, the white water course was
re-formed to repair the effects of high water over the years, taking it back
to very close how it was when it was first built in the 1980's. The drops
have been rebuilt to make them into shallower ramps that are more friendly
to slalom boats, give sharper eddies for breakouts and extra wires added for
additional course design options. No work has been done on the weir drop
immediately above the slalom course proper, and at low levels you'll
probably want to think twice about taking a your slalom boat over this drop
Halifax Canoe Club is based in the adjacent mill building (Greenups Mill) where there are changing rooms, toilets, showers and boat storage.
Access to the course is via steps at each end. The event can be viewed from the
riverbank or the floodwall in the mill.
There is no car parking available on site. You can come in the
Mill to drop off boats, but you must move cars straight away to nearby public
car parks. The nearest and largest is a one minute walk. Please help us to maintain good relations by moving cars quickly.
Camping and caravanning are not available on
site, but there is a good public campsite at Triangle (5mins drive from the
The white water course is available throughout the year for training or play.
All that we ask is that you respect the mill residents. Any clubs or groups wanting to paddle are advised to contact us beforehand
- we might be able to arrange for use of the changing rooms!
Full directions to the club and a more detailed description of the course can be found on
the club’s website. Event information will also be available about 6 weeks before each event.
For further details email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
current, sharper eddy-lines, some drops that can be intimidating, possible to
set crosses on small waves, often rocky.
Even courses that are usually easy can become
dangerous in exceptional high water conditions. If in doubt, seek advice or stay
off the water.
POSTCODES: Bits of river don't really have
postcodes: we show the one for the nearest address we can trace. Putting these
into your satnav should get you somewhere near the site, but you might find yourself ˝ km away,
and even on the wrong side of the river. If you can offer a better postcode for
any of the courses, email it to