Canal Boat - - Arms & Dead Ends -

The Sh­effield & South York­shire Nav­i­ga­tion is a chain of wa­ter­ways that starts at Keadby on the Trent and ends in the city of Sh­effield – but the sec­tion we’re in­ter­ested in be­gins at Bramwith Junction, where the New Junction Canal heads off north­wards to­wards the Aire & Calder Nav­i­ga­tion and the through route to Leeds, leav­ing us on a 28-mile 24-lock dead end.

And it’s one of the few water­way cul-de-sacs where you might ac­tu­ally meet a large com­mer­cial freight-car­ry­ing barge – not very of­ten, but they do still run on the first 20 miles. Im­proved in the late 1970s to 700-tonne stan­dard with large new power-op­er­ated locks, it passes through Don­caster, joins the River Don where it fol­lows a deep wooded val­ley past Sprot­brough and Con­is­brough, and ar­rives in the in­dus­trial ap­proaches to Rother­ham.

Here the im­prove­ments end and we’re back on to the his­toric water­way – and the locks re­duce to 60ft length for the fi­nal sec­tion, the Sh­effield & Tins­ley Canal. You’ll need to book in ad­vance for the flight of 11 locks climb­ing to the three-mile sum­mit, which ex­tends to Vic­to­ria Quays, a ter­mi­nus basin and regeneration site in the heart of Sh­effield.

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