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
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.
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.
The Huddersfield Canal Society's website - Historical background
on the Hudderfiled Narrow Canal's construction, operation, and eventual
decline and dereliction.
Moonraker - Saddleworth Canal Cruises
Information about the
Pennine Moonraker - the only narrowboat operating on the Uppermill
section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.