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 download a pdf of the plan.
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!
Society volunteers run the 12 seater ‘Marsden Shuttle’ between Marsden Station and the Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre. It operates weekends, bank holidays and some weekdays during school 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.
Adults – £1.00, Child – 50p
Society Members – Free (please show your membership card)
Not a member?
Hire the Marsden Shuttle for your Wedding or special event!
For 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 are used to offset the running costs of the Shuttle.
To book the Shuttle for your wedding or any more information: 01457 871800
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to help crew the boat!
Other boat trips on and near the Narrow:
Tameside Canal Boat Trust
42-seater ‘Still Waters’ at Portland Basin.
Wheelchair lift available for disabled passengers.
East Manchester Community Boat Project
12-seater ‘Community Spirit’ at Portland Basin. 07503 145146 www.emcbp.org.uk
Saddleworth Canal Cruises
50-seater ‘Pennine Moonraker’ at Uppermill.
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. Our ‘Towpath Guide’ tells you all you need to know.
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.