We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Education and school trips

Meet Thomas Bourne, our time travelling boat pilot. He’ll meet you at the door of our visitor centre and tell you some of his tales from the tunnel.

Thomas Bourne and the explorers Thomas Bourne and the explorers
To keep costs down, the canal was built without a towpath. While the horses were led over the hill, the boatmen had to ‘leg’ the boat through the tunnel. Thomas Bourse, boat pilot

“Hello, I'm Thomas. Your school visit to Standedge Tunnel begins with a picturesque led-walk from the coach park or train station to the visitor centre along the canal towpath. It's a great opportunity to learn about water safety on the way.

Then once you reach the old warehouse, as well as telling you my story, there’ll be games and an interactive workshop exploring the history of my canal and why it is as important today as it has ever been.

leggersAfterwards, we’ll climb aboard our boat and sail into the tunnel itself. If you’re especially quiet, you can hear the footsteps of the ‘leggers’ echoing along the walls. Can you reach out and touch the bricks or rock?


To finish your fascinating day here, one of our brilliant visitor centre team will take you on a towpath safari, where you’ll learning about local wildlife and our nature trail."




Become an education explorer

All our Explorers education workshops typically last between 30 and 45 minutes and are developed by teachers and consultants to be closely linked to the National Curriculum for KS1 and 2 children. You can even download useful self-guided trails and activity sheets before your visit from our Explorers site.

To book please download, complete and return the booking form.

For further information call us on 01484 844298

Last date edited: 4 May 2017