Canoes in Standedge Tunnel

Published: Thursday, 13 June 2024

CANOES are being allowed to negotiate the three miles long Standedge Tunnel, that takes the Huddersfield Narrow Canal under the Pennines.

And at the same time raise cash for Canal & River Trust.

standedgerockGuided tours

The trust telling the new 'bucket list opportunity' will see guided tours by canoe for the first time through Standedge Tunnel, which runs for three and a half miles between Diggle in Greater Manchester and Marsden in West Yorkshire.

The trust is hoping the cash raised from trips will help to keep the nation’s canal network maintained, with 18 paddle trips over nine days in June, July and August, with Gordon McMinn, from the trust, leading trips through the tunnel.

Mr McMinn, volunteer team leader and qualified paddle sports instructor, enthused:

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for keen canoeists to paddle though this magnificent tunnel and explore its three and a half miles.

CanoeistStNDEDGE"It will give participants a real sense of this remarkable tunnel, one of the seven wonders of the waterways, which is steeped in history. The trips just emphasise that life’s better by—or in this case on—water."

Two hour trips

Each trip, which takes approximately two hours, will be one-way only, from either Marsden to Diggle, or Diggle to Marsden.

Participants will use Canal & River Trust’s open canoes and the cost of the trips will be £100 for two people in a tandem canoe or £55 for a solo paddler.

The limited places are bookable.