Canals for All

The adventure begins ... Nathan Reynolds' remarkable Standedge Tunnel picture

The adventure begins … Nathan Reynolds’ remarkable Standedge Tunnel picture

Boating on the Narrow Canal:

About 20 miles with 74 Locks of which:
42 are Manual, 11 are Hydraulic and 21 are a combination of Manual and Hydraulic.
The Narrow Locks take 70′ craft with a maximum width of 6’10”.  The chaperoned transit of Standedge Tunnel must be booked in advance and takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week of the cruising season.  Click here to view the Customer Guidelines for Standedge Tunnel.


Boating Plan to Download
Download a pdf of this handy plan of the Huddersfield Canals – Click on the graphic to view a pdf of the plan with the option of downloading.
Using a pdf reader, such as Adobe, you can zoom and scroll the plan to get the information you need for your journey along our marvellous canals!


Boaters – Have your say!
Download our interactive questionnaire, give us your views on navigating the Narrow and help us guide our ideas about future investment.  You can click on the graphic opposite to download and then save the blank questionnaire.  You should then use a pdf reader, such as Adobe, to load and complete the form on screen, before sending it back to us.
Adobe Reader is free to download at:

If you prefer, you can download a paper version here, complete it and post it to our offices at:
Transhipment Warehouse, Wool Road, Dobcross, Oldham, OL3 5QR

We appreciate your feedback.

Have a Trip on the Marsden Shuttle!

The regular service resumes today 19 July. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic continues, to protect fellow passengers and crew, passengers will be expected to wear face coverings on board and the number of passengers will be limited to six. We hope to run the boat every day up to the end of the school summer holidays but this will depend on the availability of crew, who are all volunteers.
Please check our online trip calendar to ensure the boat is running and not being used for a wedding on any day you intend to take a trip.

Marsden Shuttle at Tunnel End

Society volunteers run the 12 seater ‘Marsden Shuttle’ Water Taxi between Marsden Station and the Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre. It operates weekends, bank holidays and most weekdays during school Easter & Summer holidays, depending on the availability of its skippers and crew.

Check our online trip calendar to see when it is running.

Boards are displayed at either end when operating. The first trip leaves from above Lock 42E, very near the Station, at 11.20 am finishes about 4.00 pm. The trip to Tunnel End takes about 12-15 minutes. See this map of where the trip starts.

These boat trips are free of charge but donations are always welcome to help us with fuel costs and keeping the Shuttle in good working order.  Thank you.

Hire the Marsden Shuttle for your Wedding!

Arriving in Style aboard the Marsden Shuttle

For weddings and receptions at the Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre our Shuttle provides ideal transport for the bride and groom and guests between Marsden and Tunnel End. All proceeds go to our Society.

To book our boat for weddings at Standedge contact the Canal & River Trust at or on 01484 844298 and mention you would like to use the Marsden Shuttle.

If you would like to volunteer to help crew our boat, please call us on 01457 871800.


Other boat trips on and near the Narrow:

Canal & River Trust
Guided short trips into the Standedge Tunnel at Tunnel End.
Seasonal through trips of Standedge Tunnel.
01484 844298
Details are on their website.

Tameside Canal Boat Trust
51-seater ‘Still Waters’ at Portland Basin.
Wheelchair lift available for disabled passengers.
07482 188026

East Manchester Community Boat Project
12-seater ‘Community Spirit 2’ at Portland Basin, Ashton-u-Lyne.
07503 145146

Saddleworth Canal Cruises
No longer operating


Walking & Jogging

The towpath is an excellent route for everything from a gentle stroll to a more strenuous effort.  The surface varies in quality and though generally good, certain sections do become puddled and rather muddy when wet.




A number of different Fishing Clubs rent and stock stretches of the Canal.  Please see the Canal & River Trust website for full details including applying online for a rod licence click here.



Cycling along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath is now allowed.  However, you should be aware that sections are rather narrow and there are a lot of low bridges and ‘blind’ spots.  Please consider others enjoying the tranquillity of the canal, especially walkers and fishermen.  See the Canal & River Trust website for more details, click here.
Pedestrians do have priority on towpaths.

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