Aire & Calder Canal

INTRODUCTION

Bradford City AA is a member of the Boothferry Aire and Calder Canal Joint Angling Association, which has Fishing on various stretches of the canal between Goole and Great Heck – about 9 miles of fishing in total. All lengths are open for fishing all year round.

See Map Book pages 27, 28 and 29 for maps of this water – Buy a Map Book or see Map 1, Map 2 and Map 3 below.

DETAILS OF FISHING AVAILABLE

(Please note that in the details which follow, downstream is in the direction of Goole and upstream is in the direction of Great Heck)
South Bank
Length 1: From Goole Railway Bridge, upstream to New Bridge. Access to this fishing can be made from:
– Goole – see access details.
– Rawcliffe Bridge – see access details or
– Crowcroft Bridge – see access details
Length 2: From Beevers Bridge, upstream to Pollington Lock. Access to this fishing can be made from:
– Beevers Bridge – see access details
– Number 4 Bridge – see access details or
– Crowcroft Bridge – see access details

North Bank
Length 3: from the Dog and Duck basin at Goole, upstream to Goole Railway Bridge – about 200m of fishing. The fishing starts at the end of the private fenced off land at the Dog and Duck basin in Goole and extends as far as the railway bridge.
DANGER – NO FISHING NEAR OR UNDER THE POWER LINES or NEXT TO THE RAILWAY BRIDGE.

Access to this fishing can only be made from Goole – see access details.

Length 4: from Rawcliffe Bridge, all the way upstream to about six pegs above Crowcroft Bridge – about (insert length) of fishing. Access to this fishing can be made from:
– Rawcliffe Bridge – see access details
– New Bridge – see access details
– Beevers Bridge- see access details
– Number 4 Bridge – see access details or
– Crowcroft Bridge – see access details

Length 5: from Pollington Bridge, upstream to Heck Bridge – about (insert length) of fishing.
Access to this fishing can be made from:
– Pollington Bridge – see access details
– an unsurfaced lane ¾ mile by road from Heck Bridge- see access details or
– Heck Bridge – see access details

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ACCESS DETAILS

From Goole: see Map Book page 27 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 3 below.
North Bank: Take the turning off Bridge Street in Goole onto Albert Street. Follow the track past the private compounds and park on the waste ground next to the fishing
South Bank: Take the turning off Bridge Street in Goole onto Dutch Riverside. Follow the road past the Marina and the Waterways Museum on the right. At the end of the road, park at the side, keeping any exits clear. Walk past the gate next to the Tarmac works and follow the track, turning right onto the canal bank – about 300 yards.
NO VEHICLES MAY BE TAKEN BEYOND THE GATE.

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From Rawcliffe Bridge: see Map Book page 27 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 3 below.
North Bank (downstream): NO ACCESS.
North Bank (upstream as far as the M18 Motorway bridge). Use the path from the end of the bridge or via the small lane signposted “Sugar Mill Ponds” off Bridge Lane, about 700m north-west of the bridge. Park at the end of this lane, after the two Sugar Mill ponds. PLEASE NOTE: Access via Sugar Mill Ponds is now restricted by a gate, fitted to stop illegal night fishing and vandalism. The gate will be unlocked at 7 am and locked at 9 pm. A contact number is provided on the gate for use in emergencies. Please respect and use the access sensibly.
South bank (downstream): Use the small lane on the right hand side of the old Black Horse public house, in between the canal and the river. Parking is available on the patch of land across the road from the public house.
PLEASE AVOID FISHING NEXT TO ANY MOORED BOATS.
South Bank (upstream): there is limited access due to grazing sheep and sometimes an electrified fence. Parking is available on the patch of land opposite the old Black Horse public house.
NO FISHING UNDER OR NEAR TO THE POWER LINES

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From New Bridge: see Map Book page 26 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 2 below.
North Bank (downstream to the M18 road bridge): use the hole in the fence at the end of the old road concrete parking area at the north end of the bridge.
North Bank (upstream): it may be possible to use the track opposite to the entrance of the old road parking area (see access for north bank downstream) and park on the bank. Alternatively park as for north bank (downstream) fishing, cross the road, and walk upstream a short distance.
NO FISHING UNDER OR NEAR THE POWERLINES.
South Bank (downstream and upstream): NO ACCESS OR FISHING.

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From Beevers Bridge: see Map Book pages 25 and 26 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 1 or Map 2 below.
North Bank (downstream): use the track to the north of the road bridge, and park on the canal bank upstream of the bridge.
NO FISHING UNDER OR NEAR THE POWERLINES.
North Bank (upstream): use the same access as for the downstream fishing and park on the canal bank along the road up to Southfield Reservoir.
South Bank (downstream): NO ACCESS.
South Bank (upstream):Limited access and parking, but fishing allowed up to the New Junction Canal.

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From Number 4 Bridge: see Map Book page 25 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 1 below.
North Bank (upstream and downstream): Approach Crowcroft Bridge via Crowcroft Lane, and turn left down Balne Croft Lane just before the Bridge. Follow this lane and park at the end, where allowed and not blocking access. Access the canal bank from this point (the site of the old Number 4 bridge).
South Bank (upstream and downstream): approach Crowcroft Bridge via Crowcroft Lane as previously. Cross over the bridge and immediately turn left onto an unnamed road. Follow this road alongside the canal until it turns sharp right, away from the canal. Park at the roadside, and access the canal at this point.

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From Crowcroft Bridge: see Map Book page 25 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 1 below.
North Bank (downstream): Limited access.
North Bank (upstream): Limited access via car park or from end of bridge, about six pegs. Park on the roadside.
NO FISHING IN BOAT MOORINGS.

South Bank (downstream): NO ACCESS.
South Bank (upstream): Access under the road bridge, fishing up to Pollington Lock. Park on the roadside, but leave access clear.

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From Pollington Bridge: see Map Book page 25 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 1 below.
North Bank (downstream): NO FISHING.
North Bank (upstream): Very limited access or parking, though fishing allowed towards Heck.
South Bank (downstream and upstream): NO FISHING

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From Heck Bridge: see Map Book page 25 – Buy a Map Book – or see Map 1 below.
North Bank (downstream): There is a Fisherman’s Car Park at the side of the bridge, which BCAA Members can use. Further access is possible from the unsurfaced lane off Heck and Pollington Lane about ¾ miles by road from Heck Bridge. From the bridge, travel north along Heck Lane and then follow the road round to the right into Main Street. Follow Main Street to the T-junction and then turn right onto Heck Lane and Pollington Lane. After about 30 yards, the lane leading to the canal is on the right hand side of the road. At the end of the lane, park on the canal bank between the bungalow and the rail bridge, with fishing both ways from the car park area.
NO CARS ARE TO BE TAKEN UNDER THE RAIL BRIDGE.
NO FISHING UNDER OR NEAR THE POWER LINES.
North Bank (upstream): NO FISHING.
South Bank (downstream and upstream): NO ACCESS.

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MAPS
MAP 1

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MAP 2

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MAP 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Maps and key:Bernard Cracknell)