Huddersfield Canal Society


We now run trips in both places for much of the year. Each boat carries up to 12 passengers and is operated by trained unpaid volunteers. No fares, we just ask for a donation with cash into our red bucket or one tap of your contactless card, Apple Pay or Google Pay on our card reader. You can also donate online. We are a registered charity relying 100% on donations to keep the boats running, so please be as generous as you can.


We run a regular shuttle service between the lock by Marsden Station and the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre. The trip lasts 12 to 15 minutes each way. No timetable, but we leave Marsden Station (Lock 42) or the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre around every 30 minutes.

We plan to run every day during local school half terms & holidays and every weekend between Easter and the end of October. (We are closed during the winter holiday.) Please click here to make sure the boat is running and see where the trip starts in Marsden.

On this route we use our new all electric craft built in 2022. It is quiet & spacious and incorporates a wheelchair lift to aid accessibility.




We now run round trips from outside the Saddleworth Museum & Gallery going up the canal past the park & turning just before the first lock. The trip lasts around 15 minutes so there is never long to wait for the next one.

We plan to run every weekend up to the end of October. If we manage to recruit & train sufficient local crew, we will run the boat on more days.

Please click here to see where the trip starts.

This is a new venture which relies on volunteers so, if anyone local to Uppermill would like to volunteer to help us run the boat, please contact Mike by email on No previous boating experience is required as we will provide all necessary training.

Other news (May 2024):

Funding Britain’s Waterways

Huddersfield Canal Society has joined with over 100 organisations on the Fund British Waterways campaign. To find out more click this link:

Fund Britain’s Waterways – Inland Waterways

Spring 2024 update on Huddersfield Canals

With the winter stoppages on the Huddersfield canals behind us the canal is now fully open.

There are two important notices for those who which to take a boat through the Huddersfield Narrow Canal:

  • Passage through lock 1E in Huddersfield. Loss of water here means that booking for passage needs to be made in advance.
  • Pending completion of the new communications system being installed through the Standedge Tunnel, on line bookings are limited to one boat each way on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

There is still a towpath closure in place between Lock 4E at Longroyd Bridge and Stoney Battery. Though CRT has made some progress on accessing the unstable area beside the Longroyd Railway Viaduct negotiations need to take place with Network Rail before work can commence. Sadly it is unlikely to mean reopening of this important section of towpath until November 2024. This closure has no impact on boat movements.

The Society has been consulted on two sections of towpath upgrading proposed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. These involve the Broad Canal thoughout and the section from Slaithwaite to Marsden on the Narrow Canal.  We await the final proposals and the timetable for the works.

Marsden Shuttles

After the fantastic public reception on 2nd May 2022, the new electric Marsden e-Shuttle has been running regular trips between Marsden Station and the Standedge Visitor Centre.

Recently our boat took a musical sheep through Slaithwaite then up to Standedge as part of the Project HERD – Kirklees Year of Music 2023.

We’re retaining the original craft, now nicknamed the d-Shuttle, for the time being and indeed it was at the Stalybridge Festival in June and we are now running weekend trips in Uppermill until the end of July (assuming we get sufficient volunteers to crew the boat.

Please check our online trip calendar for dates when the boats are running.


In addition:

• The Maintenance team is continuing to work on east side vegetation clearance every Friday fortnight. Various tasks have been undertaken including installation of missing milestones in 5 locations, vegetation cutting back, wall and fencing repairs and as he weather imprves painting of lock gates will restart.

• The first members’ newsletter for 2024 is in preparation. 

• 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 40th Quarterly Draw  are:

£70.40 1st Prize to Peter Killan
£35.20 2nd Prize to Frank Carter

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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