Pennine Explorer Cruise – June/July 2017

Huddersfield Narrow Canal – 23rd June to 1st July 2017

The Huddersfield Canal Society and Canal & River Trust are inviting visiting boaters to join the first Pennine Explorer Cruise from 23 June – 1 July 2017

Starting at Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne the cruise will visit Stalybridge, Mossley, Diggle, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Milnsbridge and Huddersfield before finishing at Mirfield.

This “Roving Rally” will allow boat crews from elsewhere on the canal network to enjoy the magnificent scenery of our rugged Pennine canal with help from volunteer lock-winders. A programme of evening events will add to the fun.

Alan Stopher, Chair of the Huddersfield Canal Society, says “Sixteen 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. 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”.

Waterway Manager David Baldacchino says “We think the cruise is a great idea. So many people have worked so hard to return this stretch back to navigation and we want as many people as possible to come and enjoy the fantastic beauty that this great trans-pennine link has to offer. The canal offers some of the best sights and scenes and who wouldn’t want to go through the highest, longest and deepest canal?

It is hoped that we can recreate a similar scene to the one shown on this photograph taken by Ian Bradbury at the Bi-Centenary event at Diggle Summit in 2011.

Places are limited by the capacity of Standedge Tunnel, so early expressions of interest are essential. Boaters should email Huddersfield Canal Society at hcs@huddersfieldcanal.com to express interest.  First come, first served!  A  charge of £25 will be made to include Society membership for a year, a cast plaque and a copy of the detailed towpath guide. A detailed itinerary is being developed and will include opportunities to take part in evening events some of which will require a modest charge for instance for food or museum entry. Watch this space for further news.

Not all boats fit the canal, the controlling dimensions and other information are available here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/279.pdf

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

We’re looking for more volunteers to help with the locks so if you fancy wielding a windlass and taking in the June air please contact the Society via this website.

If you would like to see our Draft Itinerary, click here

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