Pennine Explorers go over ‘Everest’
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”.