News article created on 29 January 2020

Standedge Tunnel Hosts Volunteer Event

We are inviting you to come and learn more about the roles on offer at the historic visitor attraction.

Stuart Crowther volunteering at Standedge Tunnel Stuart Crowther

Managed by The Trust, Standedge is the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the UK and attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

Andy Widdowson, attraction manager, said: “As a charity, we rely on the support of volunteers to help us protect and improve their local area. Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people and spend time in the great outdoors.”

“Standedge is one of the wonders of our waterways and steeped in history, so it’s a great location for people who want to make a difference in the community.”

“We are opening our doors to anyone in the local area who wants to find out more about getting involved and how we can support them.”

We are looking for volunteers to help with landscaping and gardening; general maintenance; boat operations; educational visits; tours and talks; canal improvements; waterways management and tunnel operations.

As well as the tunnel and boat trips, the site includes a visitor centre and museum, café, garden, children’s play area and space for weddings and other events.

We held a successful volunteer open day in December 2019 but there are still more opportunities for people to get involved. The new event will give anyone interested more information about how volunteering works at the charity and will be held in the visitor centre on Friday, February 7 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

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

For news of any special events at Standedge over winter, including one-off trips, visitors can follow the Facebook page