Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6NQ.
Standedge Tunnel is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. It was cut through the Pennines by hundreds of navvies working with nothing but picks, shovels and muscle power. It took 17 years, and after many financial and constructional difficulties, opened in 1811. More than three miles long, there’s no towpath so boats were ‘legged’ through.
Standedge Tunnel provides schools with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to travel through the longest, highest and oldest canal tunnel in the country. It also provides an excellent location to study the local area, rivers, wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways.
A school visit to Standedge Tunnel begins with a picturesque walk from the coach or train to the visitor centre along the canal towpath led by our education volunteers. Pupils will learn about water safety en route.
All visits to Standedge Tunnel include a boat trip and choice of free workshop: local history, habitats or rivers.
A practical day of hands on activities and fieldwork to investigate the key features of the River Colne and the effect it has on the landscape. Compare a river to a canal with a boat trip along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal learning the differences between the two. Plus learn how we move boats up and down hill with a lock demonstration.
Pupils build a canal in our sand box, in an interactive workshop exploring the history and importance of the canals locally.
A picturesque walk along our nature trail, spotting wildlife and plants along the way. Pond dipping activities also available during the summer..
This trail puts children in the role of Thomas Bourne who once made sure that boats travelled safely through the tunnel.
Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:
Find out more about Standedge Tunnel.
Free pre-visits for teachers and example risk assessments.
Indoor learning and lunch space.
Vistor centre and exhibition.
Outdoor picnic area with trim trail.
Toilets + disabled.
Free coach parking (at Marsden Train Station HD7 6DH).
A glass-roofed boat allows children to see the inside of the tunnel in safety. The trip lasts approximately 30 minutes and provides a guided commentary.
Admission: £4 per child in groups of over 15. The adult:child ratio required for boat trips is 1:8, adults within this ratio are free.