It was a funny start to the day, one moment rain and the next sunshine resulting in a lovely rainbow, but the town was quite attractive. The morning was taken up with Sainsbury and then Sagar Marine, based in an old warehouse alongside the basin. Andrew Sagar was happy to show us around one of their beautiful, replica Dutch barges, all that space and so much more than just a wheelhouse, dining for six in comfort, maybe that could be the answer when we have had enough travelling about on the canals.
The moment we exited Brighouse Basin we were on the big River Calder, wow how it had grown from the little stream that had trickled alongside us on The Pennines. The various flood locks were open both ends as we entered narrow canal sections, but had it not been for the signs indicating which way to go, it would have been easy to have missed the entrance to some of these locks and carried on and over weirs.
We quickly passed the junction with the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Cooper Bridge and a couple of miles later after a wide section of the River Calder we moored up just after bridge 20 near Shepley Bridge Lock, there is a small marina here and a Sanitary Station and water point, which would be useful in the morning. Of the coal mining and associated industry that surrounded the river canal, there is now no sign, except for some excellent information boards.