Huddersfield Canal Society

Current activities (August 2022):

Tunnel End Music Festival

Canal & River Trust ran a successful music festival at Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre on Sunday 31st July 2022. After morning rain the sun came out and the site filled up with families enjoying the music, sampling food from the various stalls and of course taking a trip on water. The Huddersfield Canal Society had both shuttle boats operating and the crews worked hard all afternoon until the last visitors left around 7pm.

Marsden e-Shuttle with Trevor at the helm

Huddersfield Narrow closed from 1st August

Not such good news has been the need to close the canal to all lock passages because of water shortage. The HNC is not alone as the same fate has befallen all the trans-Pennine crossings, the Peak Forest, part of the Trent and Mersey and the Chesterfield Canal.

Prayers for rain are encouraged!

NB The Marsden Shuttle is NOT AFFECTED by this closure – the top pound is full of water and we are running one or even both boat every day until the end of the school holidays on 4 September. After that we plan running just at weekends. Follow this link to our site on Google Maps to see how to get there and check it is running.

Marsden e-Shuttle

After the fantastic public reception on 2nd May, training of crew has continued so that the new electric craft can operate most services on the programme.

We’re retaining the original craft, now nicknamed the d-Shuttle, for the time being and indeed it will be giving trips to the public at the Stalybridge Festival on 25th and 26th June.

Please check our online trip calendar for dates when the boat is running.


In addition:

• The Maintenance team is continuing to work on east side vegetation clearance every Friday fortnight.

• Our July 2022 e-newsletter has been issued to members and another will be published soon. 

• The office is now unattended so the best way to contact us is by email. 

**  Best wishes to all our members, supporters and friends  **

220 Club News:

The results of our 32nd Quarterly Draw  are:

£78.40 1st Prize to Mr R. P. White
£39.20 2nd Prize to Mrs H. M. Harden

Congratulations to the prize winners!

(If you want to join in – details are in the Members’ Area.)

Ensuring the viability and promotion of the Huddersfield Narrow and Broad Canals as navigable waterways within the overall network in perpetuity.

The Huddersfield Canal Society was formed in 1974 by a group of enthusiasts with the ambitious aim of restoring the then derelict Huddersfield Narrow Canal to through navigation and improving the Broad Canal.

After 27 years of campaigning and restoration, led by Canal Society volunteers, the Narrow Canal was re-opened in May 2001 and gained Royal approval with an official ceremony by HRH Prince of Wales in the September that year.

Funding for removal of the final set of major blockages, amounting to £30 million, was received from the Millennium Lottery Fund and English Partnerships, with contributions from the Society, Tameside, Oldham and Kirklees Councils and the former British Waterways.  Click here to download Keith Gibson’s historical summary of the restoration and follow this link to see how the major blockages were removed.

Society's offices in Transhipment Warehouse

Transhipment Warehouse, Wool Road, Dobcross, Oldham, OL3 5QR

The Society’s members and volunteers help protect and promote the canals so the years of hard work and investment can continued to be enjoyed by all.

The Society’s offices are idyllically located at Wool Road, Dobcross, in a former Lime Shed constructed by the Huddersfield Canal Company in 1820.  It was saved from dereliction by the Saddleworth Historical Society during 1979 and refurbished by the Canal Society in 1993, winning environmental awards for the work.  The Society acquired the premises in 2006, where its staff are based.
The offices are no longer staffed. If you would like to come and see us, please email to
make an appointment.  The nearest railway station is Greenfield and bus services from Manchester and Huddersfield pass by.  There is a free car park on the opposite side of the canal to our building.  Walk out of the car park, turn left, cross the road bridge and turn left down the signed track.  Or come by boat!

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