Huddersfield Canal Society
Ensuring the viability and promotion of the Huddersfield Narrow and Broad Canals as navigable waterways within the overall network in perpetuity
After 27 years of campaigning and restoration, led by Canal Society volunteers, the Narrow Canal was re-opened in May 2001 and gained Royal approval with an official ceremony by HRH Prince of Wales in the September that year.
Funding for removal of the final set of major blockages, amounting to £30 million, was received from the Millennium Lottery Fund and English Partnerships, with contributions from the Society, Tameside, Oldham and Kirklees Councils and the former British Waterways. Click here to download Keith Gibson's historical summary of the restoration and follow this link to see how the major blockages were removed.
December 2010 - Things in store for 2014?
Office: Tel: 01457 871800
Where are the Canals
A Canal of Contrasts
From Industry past to dramatic landscapes
Work building the Canal commenced in 1794 and though it was largely completed some five years later, the construction of 3.1 miles of Standedge Tunnel took a further eleven years. Passing under the Pennines between Diggle and Marsden, the Tunnel was, and remains today, the longest, highest (above sea level) and deepest (underground) canal tunnel in Britain. It also boasts the oldest navigable cast iron aqueduct in the country at Stalybridge, constructed by the renowned engineer, Benjamin Outram in 1801.
The Canal was officially opened for through navigation on the 4th April 1811.
The Canal operated for 140 years but most of it was officially abandoned in 1944. Although minor, local traffic continued into the 1950s, many sections were infilled by the early 1960s and later developed. What remained of the Canal fell into dereliction.
Now fully restored to through navigation, not only can boaters experience the challenge of this 'Everest of the Canal System', but it's free for everyone else to enjoy; a fascinating linear park for all.
Looking East to Marsden above Lock 40E
Much heritage remains
At Lock 31E looking North with Cellars Clough Mill in the distance
Why support the Huddersfield Narrow ...
Thank you for helping the Huddersfield Canal Society in it's work.
Canals for All
Boating on the Narrow Canal:
Boaters - Have your say!
We appreciate your feedback.
Have a Trip
To all those planning a cruise on our fine waterway
Another successful programme of lock gate replacement works were completed early in Winter 2013.
For further information about the Winter 2014/5 closures, it is advisable to contact the relevant waterway office, details of which can be found on www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
Walking & Jogging
Pedestrians do have priority on towpaths.
2013 Photographic Competition
Stalybridge Carnival Weekend, Armentieres Square
The Tour de France comes to Huddersfield
Marsden Shuttle leaving Tunnel End
Joining the Canal Society
Being part of something special
part of something special.
* Quarterly Magazine - Pennine Link
* EMail Newsletter - Pennine Link Extra
* Free Boat trips on the Marsden Shuttle
* Opportunities for volunteering
We will keep a record of your name, address and amounts paid so that this can be audited by HM Customs & Revenue as necessary.
The 74 Club
Conquering the 'Everest' of the canal system
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is hard work for boaters, so if you have navigated all 74 locks on this waterway, you deserve to treat yourself to a lasting souvenir to mark your achievement.
The Society has commissioned a brass plaque to acknowledge boaters who have 'done' the Narrow and they are available by application from the Society office.
Transit of the Standedge Tunnel is accepted as proof of navigation.
The plaque is available at £5.00 for Huddersfield Canal Society members, £8.00 for non-members and £4.00 for non-members who join the Society at the time of applying. Postage & packing is £1.00 per plaque.
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Your ideal companion for exploring the Huddersfield Narrow Canal
90 pages with over 400 colour photographs and 36 detailed maps at 1:4000 scale.
How it was done!
An historical perspective
South Pennine Ring
Solid Brass Plaque celebrating the Bicentenary of the official opening of Standedge Tunnel
Reflections of the Past ...
The character of Betty Buckley, Tunnel Chain Keeper at Marsden, appointed
August 1856, salary 5/- (25p) a week, (worth about £14 at today's prices)