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 2013?
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
Canals for All
Boating on the Narrow Canal:
To all those planning a cruise on our fine waterway
Following the successful lock gate replacement work in Winter 2011/2, we've now had confirmation of the correct dates for winter closure work in 2012/3:
4E - Top and bottom gate replacement - Mon 12/11/12 to Fri
Lock 9E - Top and bottom gate replacement - Wed 02/01/13 to Fri 08/02/13
Lock 19E - Top and bottom gate replacement - Mon 12/11/12 to Fri 21/12/12
Lock 20E - Top and bottom gate replacement - Wed 02/01/13 to Fri 08/02/13
Lock 30E - Top and bottom gate replacement - Mon 11/02/13 to Fri 08/03/13
Lock 34E - Bottom gate paddle repair - Mon 11/02/13 to Fri 08/03/13
Please note that the map link on the CRT website has errors which were copied into our current Issue (179) of Pennine Link in good faith. The above dates are as supplied by CRT at Red Bull in the last week of September 2012. This is a great improvement on the original programme which encroached beyond Easter 2013 and we would like to record our thanks to the Canal & River Trust for revising the programme.
Walking & Jogging
Pedestrians do have priority on towpaths.
Have a Trip
Why support the Huddersfield Narrow ...
Thank you for helping the Huddersfield Canal Society in it's work.
Reflections of the Past ...
The character of Betty Buckley, Tunnel Chain Keeper at Marsden, appointed
August 1856, salary 5/- (25p) a week
2012 Photographic Competition
Watch this space!
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.
or why not buy securely with PayPal ...
Your ideal companion for exploring the Huddersfield Narrow Canal
90 pages with over 400 colour photographs and 36 detailed maps at 1:400 scale.
How it was done!
An historical perspective
Keith Gibson & David Finnis' account of 200 years in the life of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal (publ. 2010).
£12.99 plus p&p