Pen­nine ‘rov­ing rally’ aims to open-up the hills

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TO EN­COUR­AGE MORE peo­ple to try the Hud­der­s­field Nar­row Canal, boaters are be­ing in­vited to join a Pen­nine Ex­plorer cruise this sum­mer.

Hud­der­s­field Canal So­ci­ety Chair Alan Sto­pher ex­plained that in the 16 years since the trans-Pen­nine route was re­opened, it has “al­ready pro­vided a mem­o­rable cruise for many”, but that HCS and the Canal & River Trust have teamed up to “wel­come boaters from afar to sam­ple th­ese Pen­nine wa­ter­ways for them­selves”.

The cruise will run from 23 June to 1 July, be­gin­ning at Port­land Basin (where the Hud­der­s­field meets the Peak For­est and Ash­ton canals) and pass through Staly­bridge, Moss­ley, Dig­gle (pic­tured), Mars­den, Slaith­waite, Milns­bridge and Hud­der­s­field to end on the Calder & Heb­ble Nav­i­ga­tion at Mir­field. It will form a ‘rov­ing rally’ with evening events and with mu­tual help be­tween boaters with the locks, plus as­sis­tance from vol­un­teer lock-winders.

Re­stric­tions im­posed by the ca­pac­ity of Stand­edge Tun­nel mean that places will be lim­ited, so ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est should be made as soon as pos­si­ble to bob@hud­der­s­field­canal.com. There are also lim­its on boat size through the tun­nel and nar­row locks (see canal­rivertrust.org.uk/media/li­brary/279.pdf for de­tails); full length boats too long for the locks be­yond Hud­der­s­field will be able to turn there and re­turn.

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