News article created on 13 March 2020

Stanedge Tunnel re-opens after winter work

After a busy winter of maintenance work and a successful volunteer recruitment campaign, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre will re-open to the public on 27 March

Into the tunnel at Standedge Into the tunnel at Standedge

Standedge is an historically important attraction as it is Britain’s longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel.

Preserving a historic site

Attraction manager Andy Widdowson said: “The winter break has been a really productive time to get everything ship-shape for the new season.

“As a charity, we’re especially pleased to have a number of new volunteers come on board - as people giving up their time is crucial to preserving this historic site. We’re still recruiting for more volunteers to help us across all areas so anyone interested please do get in touch.”

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are still needed to help with driving the boats, maintenance, gardening and grounds work, tours and talks, administration and the café.

Andy added: “The Watersedge Café will also be open from 27 March, serving great cakes, tea and coffee and light bites. After a record-breaking year in 2019, we’re also looking to build on our conference and wedding venue hire – a vital source of revenue which helps the Trust maintain Standedge and keep it a fascinating glimpse into our past.”

For more information on Standedge, including volunteering, contact Standedge direct on 01484 844298, or email