Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Certificate of Excellence 2017
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Waters Road, Marsden,
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We opened on the 19 February 2018
Our visitor centre is free. Check boat trip prices as these vary
In our café and visitor centre
Looking for things to do in West Yorkshire? Standedge Tunnel is Britain's longest, deepest, highest canal tunnel.
It’s on everyone’s bucket list to explore deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside. Yet I bet you’ve never stopped to think why the Huddesfield Narrow Canal engineers decided to tunnel in such an awkward place, how it helped to fuel canal mania and our industrial revolution or what famous bit of slang it inspired that we still use today?
It's one of the seven wonders of the waterways and a great family day out. So leg it on over to our Visitor Centre at Standedge Tunnel to start your journey into the tunnel, history and beyond…
Green tourism award
Find out why we're celebrating being green at Standedge Tunnel
Places to eat:
There are picnic benches all over our gardens and along the towpath
Download our nature spotters guide to find out how to make your own pond dipping kit and to create your very own nature trail around our wildlife gardens. Look out for swans, ducks and butterflies of course. And you may even be lucky to spot a sheep! Sometimes they come down off the moor and stroll right up to the tunnel entrance.
By boat - there’s moorings at both the Marsden end at the Visitor Centre Lock 42 and the Diggle end. Check our boating through Standedge page for details on how to book your passage through the tunnel
By car - SATNAV HD7 6DH takes you to the free parking at Marsden Station (HD7 6DH), from there take the 15 minute pushchair friendly walk along the towpath to join us. Disabled parking at our visitor centre
By train - Marsden Station is a 15 minute walk along the beautifully restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath
By bus - bus route 184 Oldham - Huddersfield drops off and picks up on the A62 in Marsden village then follow the canal towpath
By water taxi - the Huddersfield Canal Society’s volunteers run a 12 seater water taxi service between Marsden Railway Station and Standedge at weekends and bank holidays. Please check their website for details
By coach - coach drop off is only at Marsden Station. But there's more parking at lock 42 near the train station. (Sorry, our tunnel’s historic nature means we’re not allowed coaches on site but at least you get to enjoy the towpath walk.)
By boot or bike - follow the main road through the village to Marsden Station and join the towpath. Let us know if you travelled Green! Because walkers, cyclists and public transport users get a 5% discount on a hot drink!
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