Do You Like Boating?

Huddersfield Canal Society Needs You!


The Shuttle at Tunnel End

We need crew to help run the Marsden Shuttle.  No previous experience required, just an interest in boats, canals and people!  Full training if you’d like to join us.  Come to one of our pre-season open days – Monday February 19th or Sunday March 18th.  We’ll be shuttling between Tunnel End and Lock 42 (Marsden Station) from 11.00 to 15.00.  Hop aboard and have a chat with our friendly crew, or contact the HCS office for more information.


Giving free rides for visitors to Stalybridge Carnival 2017

Huddersfield Canal Society volunteers crew the Society’s own boat, the Marsden Shuttle, operating a ‘water taxi’ service between Marsden Station and Tunnel End for visitors to Standedge Visitor Centre. We try to do this every weekend between Easter and the end of October but we need the crew. Commitment is as much or as little as you like – every day we have a Skipper and Crew is a day the Shuttle can operate. Crew just need one day training, but there’s the opportunity to train for the ‘Skippers’ Certificate’ too. It’s not too difficult, and learning to steer and control a boat is great fun. We also meet lots of people who come to admire the scenery, and want to know more about our part of the world. It’s a chance to spend days out on the most scenic stretches of canal in the country, and we have occasional trips further afield when we visit canal-side festivals, often travelling through the longest, highest and deepest tunnel on the canal network.

Looking forward to having you on board!

Winter Notices for the Narrow & Broad

With the main cruising season over for another year, winter stoppages have now started in earnest on the waterways network.  All the ones programmed for the Huddersfield Narrow and Broad start after Christmas.  You can download a relevant extract from CRT’s published notices below, giving details of the work being undertaken and the nearest winding holes.

CRT Winter Notices 2017

Happy Festive Cruising!

Our Marsden Shuttle heading off from Wool Road to Portland Basin on a chilly 2013!


Navigation Restrictions on ‘East Side’

Two restrictions to navigation are currently in force in the Colne Valley on the ‘East Side’ of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

A hole has appeared in the stonework behind the off-side down stream lock chamber at Lock 30e. As a safety precaution until a repair can be made, the Canal & River Trust are asking boaters to give 24 hours notice of intended passage so that a member of staff can help them through.

The first picture shows the gaping hole at Lock 30e, with water flowing through it.

The second shows Terry Sigsworth preparing to open the gate with a rope to overcome the missing stonework.

Lock 22e leaks into the basement of the adjoining mill. The third image shows that refurbishment of the 1887 mill in the centre of Slaithwaite is well underway and it is not surprising that the leakage has become a major hindrance to the contractors.

Lock 22e

The canal will be closed at this point from 9th to 22nd  October 2017 to enable the lock wall to be sealed by pressure grouting. In the meantime a staff member or volunteers from the Canal & River Trust is assisting passage and ensuring that the lock is left empty after each use.

Scary Shuttle Weekend

We are delighted that our second ‘Scary Shuttle Weekend’ was a great success and our thanks go to the ‘Ghost Pirate Captain’ and the ‘Watery Witch’.

It will become a regular Halloween event, so if your timbers weren’t shivered enough, or you couldn’t make it, put a note in your 2018 diary!  See you there, if you dare …

Hungry for Heritage

Huddersfield Canal Society teamed up with Discover Huddersfield on the ‘Rails, Roads and Canals transport’ walk around Huddersfield on Sunday 10th September as part of Heritage Open Days. Around 25 visitors joined the tour.

HCS Council members Trevor Ellis and Eric Woulds explained about significant features on the part of the walk which took in Locomotive Bridge, Aspley Basin, Wakefield Road and Bates Mill at Queen Street.

Huddersfield heritage Walk

Pictured are Trevor Ellis (in blue cap) at the junction of the Huddersfield Broad and Narrow and Eric Woulds (in the centre) explaining what went into the restoration at Queen Street. Despite the inclement weather it was a fascinating tour of key transport sights in our town.

Some sad news

Some sad news to bring you all that Society volunteer Grahame Searby has died unexpectedly.

Grahame had been helping run the Society’s Marsden Shuttle for over 10 years and will be sorely missed.

Grahame at the helm, turning the boat expertly at the recent Stalybridge Festival.