Huddersfield Canal Society

Current activities (November 2022):

Huddersfield Narrow effectively closed since 1st August

The summer long water shortage has resulted in closure for lock passages the last three months. The HNC is not alone as water shortages have also curtailed cruising on all the trans-Pennine crossings, the Peak Forest, part of the Trent and Mersey and the Chesterfield Canal.

On 12th October CRT announced:

‘Due to an improvement in our reservoir holdings that supply the west side of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, navigation will resume on Friday 21 October to allow customers to return back to home or winter moorings ahead of the scheduled winter works programme.
Lock 1 West to Lock 24 West will open without restriction for a period of 10 days, with last passage on Monday 31 October. Lock 24 West to Lock 32 West will remain closed.
This window of navigation remains subject to the weather over the next coming weeks.
Should customers find themselves approaching an empty pound during this navigational window, please contact our North West Customer Support Team for assistance on 0303 040 4040.
Lock 1 East to Lock 42 East will remain closed to navigation whilst repairs continue along this stretch, re-opening Friday 17 March 2023.’

So there we are. A bleak scene which will only be relieved by a wet winter. Anyone who has crossed the Pennines recently will be aware the reservoirs supplying the public supply are still very low. Recent rains will need to rewet the dried-out peat moorland before there is much accumulation in the reservoirs.

NB The Marsden Shuttle is NOT AFFECTED by this closure – the top pound is full of water – although our regular season has now finished, we will be running both boats on 20 November to support the Wedding Fayre at Standedge. After that we plan running Santa Trips on 10 & 11 December up to the Christmas Fair at Standedge. 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 34th Quarterly Draw  are:

£78.40 1st Prize to Roger Vaughan
£39.20 2nd Prize to Sylvia Womersley

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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