Huddersfield Narrow Roving Rally

Published: Thursday, 18 April 2019

BOATERS are invited to enjoy a cruise across—and underthe Pennines exploring the Huddersfield Narrow Canal this Summer.

HudRally18Organised by the Huddersfield Canal Society and Canal & River Trust this is the second Pennine Explorer Cruise and is aimed at those that have not navigated the waterway previously, providing extra peace of mind and support for first-timers to the northern waterway.

Help and assistance

This ‘Roving Rally’ will allow boaters to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the rugged Pennine canal while enjoying mutual help with locks and assistance from volunteer lock-winders. A programme of evening events will add to the fun.

Starting at Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne on 22 June, the eight day cruise will visit Stalybridge, Mossley, Uppermill, Diggle, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Milnsbridge and Huddersfield, with an optional final day on the Broad Canal for those with suitable sized boats. (The photograph shows some of the boats taking part last year.)

Memorable cruise

 Alan Stopher, Chairman of the Huddersfield Canal Society, explains:

“Eighteen years on from its reopening the Huddersfield Narrow Canal has already provided a memorable cruise for many. We also know it has a place on many boaters’ cruising wish lists. Our first Pennine Explorer cruise in 2017 was a great success, so much so that we’ve decided to run another. To encourage use by those who have yet to visit this waterway gem, we’re teaming up with the Canal & River Trust and the Calder Navigation Society to welcome boaters from afar to sample these Pennine waterways for themselves.”

climbing pennines s2Stephen Ballard, operations manager with the Canal & River Trust, remarked:

“This is a brilliant opportunity for less-experienced boaters to enjoy the thrill of cruising across the Pennines. The scenery is stunning and the Trust is delighted to join with the canal society to encourage more people to explore this amazing waterway. Highlights include travelling through Standedge Tunnel, Britain’s longest, highest, deepest canal tunnel, and visiting the fascinating Standedge Visitor Centre.”

Places limited

 Places are limited by the capacity of Standedge Tunnel, so early expressions of interest are essential. Boaters should email Huddersfield Canal Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance. First come, first served.

Those who will fit the shorter wider locks [60ft] of the Huddersfield Broad and Calder & Hebble canals can continue to complete a circuit. Full length narrowboats can turn at Huddersfield and take their time on the return journey.