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CALDER WETLANDS (Calder Lagoons)

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Click to enlarge The Calder Wetlands (or Calder Lagoons)

The Calder Wetlands is an area to the east of the M1 motorway at Junction 39, north of Denby Dale Road (A636) and south of the River Calder (Calder & Hebble Navigation).

This area was formerly farmland and then excavated for sand and gravel, hence the two big lakes (the Calder Lagoons) that now exist on the site.
Now it is part wetlands (the two lakes or lagoons) and part business estate, with a hotel and two conveniently located pubs - the Red Kite and the Swan & Cygnet.

Pugneys Country Park is situated at the Wakefield end of the Wetlands just across Denby Dale Road (A636), opposite the Swan & Cygnet. Overlooking the scene is what remains of the Yorkist Sandal Castle.

The farmland was once occupied by three farms: Boat House, Greenfield and Grange. I can recall 'PYO' strawberries in the fields there in the eighties or nineties.


Click to enlargeThis is the western lagoon, i.e. nearest the M1 motorway (Jn 39). The River Calder is a short distance to the north.
The river is navigable and forms part of the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
[ May 2010]


Click to enlarge This is the eastern lagoon, i.e. nearest to Pugneys and the Swan & Cygnet pub. The row of houses is at a right angle to Denby Dale Road (A636).
To the left of the houses, can be seen the 'Black Ash' refuse tip from the former Hodgson & Simpson soap works on Calder Island, Thornes.
Behind this man-made hill lies the River Calder and beyond that Thornes Cut of the Calder & Hebble Navigation, separated from the river by a thin spit of land that is part of Calder Island.
[May 2010]

More about Hodgson & Simpson.


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(* Crigglestone Bridleway No. 1).
[May 2010]

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