Pen­nine Ex­plor­ers go over ‘Ever­est’

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THE FIRST Pen­nine Ex­plorer Cruise has been hailed a suc­cess af­ter a dozen craft com­pleted their jour­ney from Duk­in­field Junc­tion, via the Hud­der­s­field Nar­row Canal (in­clud­ing the Stand­edge Tun­nel, pic­tured above) and the Hud­der­s­field Broad Canal to the Calder & Heb­ble Nav­i­ga­tion.

The ‘cruise’ was set up by the Hud­der­s­field Canal So­ci­ety and the Canal & River Trust as a way of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to try the re­stored trans-Pen­nine route fol­low­ing con­cerns that per­cep­tions of the Nar­row Canal be­ing ‘dif­fi­cult’ were de­ter­ring boaters.

Vol­un­teer lock-keep­ers from lo­cal canal groups and CRT were avail­able to as­sist with the 74 locks, in what HCS’s Alan Sto­pher de­scribed as “a team ef­fort to wel­come and help crews nav­i­gate the Ever­est of Wa­ter­ways”. Evening en­ter­tain­ments along the way in­cluded a film about the canal’s restora­tion, a bar­be­cue and folk mu­sic.

CRT re­gional Wa­ter­way Man­ager David Bal­dacchino said that ev­ery­one on the cruise had “had a great time” cruis­ing a route that boasts “some of the best scenery on the canal net­work”.

He added that the Trust wanted “many more boats to visit”, but just needed to “get the mes­sage out about what a won­der­ful canal the Hud­der­s­field Nar­row is”.

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