Sunday, 3 December 2017
Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Standedge Tunnel.
The Standedge Tunnel is a set of 4 tunnels that run through the Pennines between Standedge (Marsden), West Yorkshire and Diggle, Greater Manchester. £ tunnels were built as railway tunnels and the other is a canal tunnel for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The canal tunnel is the oldest having started construction in 1795 and opening in 1811. Upon completion it was the longest and highest canal tunnel in the U.K and remains so today. The canal closed in 1944 and the canal fell in to disrepair with the last boat passing through the tunnel in 1961 to celebrate the tunnels 150 anniversary. The tunnel was re opened in 2001 along with the canal. Boats through the tunnel are allowed in 1 direction only depending on the time of day as it is barely wide enough for 1 boat to fit. Journey times take about 2 hours to pass through the tunnel as the length is approx. 3.1 miles.
The 3 railway tunnels were constructed in 1848, 1871 and the final one in 1894. They are all approx. 3 miles in length with the 1848 tunnel closing in 1966 followed 4 years later by the 1871 tunnel. There has been recent proposals to reopen the tunnels to increase rail capacity on the Huddersfield line, although currently this has been deemed unnecessary.
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is a 20 mile long inland waterway connecting Huddersfield, West Yorkshire with Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. Construction was completed in 1811 and the canal was closed in 1944. Restoration began on the canal in the early 1980's with completion in 2001.
The section I was on and pictured in March 2015 was the stretch of canal from Marsden Railway Station to the Standedge Tunnel, Yorkshire portal. A distance along the canal of approx. 1.75 miles. The pictures were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera
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