We'll have spent a couple of days in Huddersfield since our previous guests have departed to clean and prepare the boat for the next leg of our journey... this time we're heading up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through Standedge Tunnel and on to Bugsworth Basin.
It's quite a lot of locks to get through in a week – for us anyway as we generally try to cruise for 4-5 hours per day … realistically, this'll be a 6-7 hours cruising per day. No matter – it's worth it. It's a very physical (for us) cruise and whilst all help is welcomed, we're quite happy to do it alone (just for fun) - there's no need for visitors to feel obliged to wear themselves out.
We expect our guests will join us in the afternoon and we'll spend our first evening together either moored in Aspley Basin (if there's room ) or a little further on near the University on the start of the narrow canal.
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.
After a good night's rest, we’ll pass through Woodley Tunnel (167 yards), then Hyde Bank Tunnel (308 yards) and Marple Aqueduct before we pen through famous 16 Marple Locks and we turn on to the arm towards Bugsworth Basin. We'll spend our final night at Whaley Bridge (ish) before our guests depart after breakfast the following morning.
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Huddersfield - Whaley Bridge £840.00 pp
(Via Standedge Tunnel)
22nd May to 29th May 2020 (7 nights)
From: Huddersfield (Huddersfield Narrow
To: Whaley Bridge (Bugsworth Basin - Peak Forrest)
Via: Standedge Tunnel.
Highlights: Huddersfield Narrow Canal,
Ashton Under Lyne