Pennine ‘roving rally’ aims to open-up the hills
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 email@example.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.