Recreation in Saddleworth
Leisure Attractions
Huddersfield Narrow Canal

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs from Huddersfield to Ashton-under-Lyne taking in the Saddleworth villages along the way. The Standedge Tunnel which runs from Diggle to Marsden is the longest canal tunnel in Britain. With funding from English Partnerships, the Millennium Commission and other sources the whole canal became navigable once more in May 2001.

The canal towpaths are readily accessible throughout the canal’s journey through Saddleworth making a pleasant walk, especially now that boats are moving along the canal. Fishermen are often seen at Mann’s Wharf in Friezland.

In Uppermill, several of the local shops sell “ducks bread” for the children to throw to the ducks. Further along, the magnificent railway viaduct makes an impressive backdrop, arching over the canal, whilst below the lock Saddleworth aquaduct carries the river Tame. Walking further along the towpath to Diggle brings you to newly built children’s playgrounds and the mouth of the Standedge Tunnel.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal
The Huddersfield Canal Society's website - Historical background on the Hudderfiled Narrow Canal's construction, operation, and eventual decline and dereliction.

Pennine Moonraker - Saddleworth Canal Cruises
Information about the Pennine Moonraker - the only narrowboat operating on the Uppermill section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

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