Facilities – Warley Moor Reservoir

In addition to our main site in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax Canoe Club we have access to paddle on Warley Moor Reservoir through ‘club membership’ of Halifax Sailing Club. This can be used for club activities and by club members for ‘peer paddling’.  How to find Halifax Sailiing Club

This provides access to a area of open water suitable for various activities.  Initially the site is being well used by our ‘land-locked’ sea kayak paddlers, but is ideal for open canoeing, SUP and exploring in kayaks.  We hope to expand club activities at the site over time. We have a container on site and plan to have additional equipment available on site for members to use.  Our access to the site also allows the use of the sailing clubs toilet and changing facilities.

To ‘peer paddle’ on the reservior canoe club members need to have an induction to the site, and must have current british Canoeing ‘On the Water’ membership to provide the 3rd party insurance required by our agreement with the sailing club.

To arrange an induction or for more information contact our Sea Kayak officer on seakayak@halifaxcanoe.org.uk.

On the Water Facilities

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts), to the north-west of Halifax – just below the wind farm.

The reservoir covers 90 acres and, being the highest sailing club in England at an altitude of 1350 feet offers the wind that sailors love.  This gives us a reasonably large expanse of water to paddle, and sitting high on the hills can offer some challenging conditions at times to test your skills – but equally can offer a lovelly calm lake to explore.

Note that sailing club sessions takes place on the reservior as follows:

  • Sailing races on Sunday afternoons from April through November and on Wednesday evenings from April to early September.
  • From May to September,  Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) sees activities ranging from basic tuition to ‘fun’ racing being organised by club training officers.
  • Beginners sailing session to take place on Wednesday evenings May to August.

During these organised sailing club sessions paddlers need to vigilent and give way to sailors – usually best to stay around the edges of the reservoir.  There may also be dinghies or windsurfers on that water at other times.

If you are interested in sailing contact Halifax Sailing Club.