Your Personal Town Guide
Sowerby Bridge
West Yorkshire
Although within three miles of Halifax it is in another valley and seemingly cut-off from from the town and therefore has little changed over the years. It grew because the rivers Ryburn and Calder meet here as well as the man-made Rochdale and Calder-Hebble canals – with many warehouses built for the transhipment of goods. The long waterfront is crowded with colourful barges. It is surrounded by hill top villages and if you come in early September you’ll see the Rushcart being hand-pulled from the town to the surrounding village churches.


Must See
Canal basin, Wainhouse Tower
Canal Basin
Canal Basin
Canal Basin, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AG

Free to walk around the canal basin and look at the warehouses.

Admission: Free
Open: All year.

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Wainhouse Tower
Wainhouse Tower
Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross, Halifax HX

Although technically not in Sowerby Bridge - it is the nearest location to it. Completed in 1875 for mill owner John Wainhouse as a flue to disperse smoke. But over a dispute with neighbour, Sir Henry Edwards, he added a gallery at the top to overlook his lands! It stands 253ft high and you can climb 403 steps to the top!

Admission: £
Open: Check web site for openings on Sundays May-Sept.
Tel: 01422 323824

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Shire Cruisers - Narrowboat hire
Shire Cruisers - Narrowboat hire
The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AG

Hire a narrowboat for a holiday along the Yorkshire canal network heading towards either Todmorden or Wakefield.

Admission: £
Open: Daily
Tel: 01422 832712

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Market Day
Tuesday / Friday / Saturday
Wide Variety of local independent
Tourist Info Centre
Library, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2QG
Direct Access
Rail station. Bus. Central car parking.
1hr Town Walk
A circular walk around the town including the town basin.
Video Features
See exclusive content of the rushbearing tradition.

Slide Show



Usually held the first weekend in September. The hand-pulled cart leaves the canal basin around 9:00am and pulled to local villages. It stops at pubs en route where there is entertainment including mummers and clog dancers.

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