The Standedge Tunnel, located in the heart of the Pennines in West Yorkshire, 20 minutes from Uppermill, is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the area. The tunnel is a fascinating feat of engineering that played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution in England. It is the UK’s longest and deepest canal tunnel, running 3.25 miles (5.25 km) through the hills between Marsden and Diggle.
The tunnel was built in the early 19th century to transport goods across the country via the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It was constructed over a period of 17 years and opened to the public in 1811. The Standedge Tunnel became an important link between the mills in Lancashire and the wool-producing areas in Yorkshire, and it continued to be used for freight until the 1950s.
Today, the Standedge Tunnel is a popular destination for tourists interested in the Industrial Revolution’s history. Visitors can take a boat ride through the tunnel to experience what it was like for the workers who transported goods along the canal. There are also guided tours available, which provide a fascinating insight into the history of the tunnel and the people who worked there.
In addition to the boat ride and guided tours, you can take a walk along the canal towpath, which offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There are also several pubs and restaurants nearby.
If you fancy a real adventure, you can travel to Marsden by train from Uppermill ( the tunnel is a 20-minute walk along the tow path from Marsden station) and then take a boat back through the tunnel to Diggle.
You can visit the Diggle end of the tunnel by following the canal from Uppermill, it’s a lovely 20 minute walk which will take you past plenty of wonderful places to stop for a cup of tea, a bite to eat or an ice cream. This includes the LimeKiln Cafe, Grandpa Greene’s and Diggle Lock Cafe
The Canal & River Trust is responsible for maintaining and managing the Standedge Tunnel. Their website provides information on the history of the tunnel, its construction, its importance to the canal system, and the restoration work that has been carried out in recent years. You can also find information on the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre opening times, admission prices, and upcoming events.
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal Society is a group of volunteers who are passionate about preserving the heritage of the canal and the Standedge Tunnel. Their website offers information on the history of the canal, the tunnel, and the surrounding area, as well as details on events and activities.
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