2nd Pennine Explorer Cruise 22nd June – 1st July 2019

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.

To register your interest and receive information about booking your place , please contact Bob Gough at the Society Office on 01457 871800 or email:  bob@huddersfieldcanal.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our magnificent canals!

Safely through Standedge Tunnel and packed into the basin at Tunnel End during 2017’s Cruise  Photo:  A Stopher

BBC on the Narrow – Chelsea Preview

On Monday 25th March, the BBC were filming on the canal at Marsden, featuring award winning garden designer Mark Gregory, whose ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ show garden for Chelsea 2019 will be inspired by the Narrow Canal.  Our Marsden Shuttle and crew were used to good effect and ‘The Road to Chelsea’ is planned to be aired on BBC1 at 18.00 on 12th May.

Mark Gregory (red life jacket) interviewed at Lock 40E, Marsden

All aboard for Chelsea 2019.   Photos: Syd Barnett

Winter Notices for the Narrow

With the main cruising season over for another year, winter stoppages have now started in earnest on the waterways network.  All the ones programmed for the Huddersfield Narrow run till Christmas.  You can download a relevant extract from CRT’s published notices below, giving details of the work being undertaken and the nearest winding holes.


Happy Winter Cruising!

Marsden Shuttle Open Day

Afraid we were foiled by the weather and had to cancel last Sunday (18th March). It just was not safe to take the boat out, even if we had got there, so we decided to cancel.

But, if you’re interested in having a go at crewing, we’ll be very happy to see you Easter weekend (Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April). Alternatively ring the HCS office (01457 871800) for more information and full contact details. You can see when the Shuttle is operating via this link to the Marsden Shuttle diary.

p.s.  Even the  office in Uppermill was a bit of a challenge!

Do You Like Boating?

Huddersfield Canal Society Needs You!


The Shuttle at Tunnel End

We need crew to help run the Marsden Shuttle.  No previous experience required, just an interest in boats, canals and people!  Full training if you’d like to join us.  Come to one of our pre-season open days – Monday February 19th or Sunday March 18th.  We’ll be shuttling between Tunnel End and Lock 42 (Marsden Station) from 11.00 to 15.00.  Hop aboard and have a chat with our friendly crew, or contact the HCS office for more information.


Giving free rides for visitors to Stalybridge Carnival 2017

Huddersfield Canal Society volunteers crew the Society’s own boat, the Marsden Shuttle, operating a ‘water taxi’ service between Marsden Station and Tunnel End for visitors to Standedge Visitor Centre. We try to do this every weekend between Easter and the end of October but we need the crew. Commitment is as much or as little as you like – every day we have a Skipper and Crew is a day the Shuttle can operate. Crew just need one day training, but there’s the opportunity to train for the ‘Skippers’ Certificate’ too. It’s not too difficult, and learning to steer and control a boat is great fun. We also meet lots of people who come to admire the scenery, and want to know more about our part of the world. It’s a chance to spend days out on the most scenic stretches of canal in the country, and we have occasional trips further afield when we visit canal-side festivals, often travelling through the longest, highest and deepest tunnel on the canal network.

Looking forward to having you on board!