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4th -11th April 2019 (7 nights)
From: Wakefield (Calder & Hebble
To: Marple (Peak Forrest Canal)
HIGHLIGHTS The Hepworth,
Huddersfield Broad Canal
Huddersfield Narrow canal
Standedge Tunnel visitor Centre
We begin our journey to Wolverhampton from Wakefield Visitor Moorings around noon on our first day. Our aim will be travel up the Calder and Hebble Navigation – hopping on and off the River through Thornes Lock, under the M1 motorway towards Broad cut. In the distance we can see Emley Moor . Beyond broadcut, we have a 5 mile section of broad canal, punctuated with 8 locks which lead us to Shepley Bridge where we’ll moor for our first evening.
On the 2nd morning, we’ll continue through Mirfield and through Cooper Bridge Flood lock, taking the sharp turn left at Cooper Bridge (practically a hairpin bend) and onto The Huddersield Broad Canal - On which we’ll encounter the remarkable Turner Loco Lift bridge (1865)which will take us to Aspley Basin in Huddersfield centre. It’s here we join the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and we’ll aim to moor around the University area – beyond the low bridge.
Following a (hopefully) peaceful night, we’ll have an early start taking the Narrow canal as it follows the railway to Slaithwaite. Locks are already in abundance (we’ll complete about 40 before today is out) and we moor up as close as possible to the western portal of Standedge Tunnel in preparation for Monday mornings (booked ) passage. Depending on time-scales, there may be opportunity to have a look around the visitor centre.
We’ll pass through the tunnel on Monday – escorted by a CRT chaperone. A 2 mile tunnel with varying roof heights. One of the skipper’s isn’t really all that keen on tunnels so guests may be asked to steer whilst he takes deep breaths! Assuming all is well on exit, we’ll continue our descent having passed through Diggle and moor for the evening around Uppermill.
The next day, the locking continues and we pass through another (short thank goodness) tunnel as we head onwards towards Staley Bridge just before we moor for the evening in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
On our final full day, we’ll pass through Woodley Tunnel (167 yards), then Hyde Bank Tunnel (308 yards) and Marple Aqueduct before we pen through the famous 16 Marple Locks . It’s here our guests will leave us at Marple Junction to return home or continue their travels independently.
Wakefield to Marple