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

Boat trips

Sometimes the only way to understand why we love our canals and tunnels so much is to take to the water on one of our boat trips.

Standedge Visitor Centre Standedge Visitor Centre

30 minute boat trips – the short one

If the full trip through the UK’s longest canal tunnel doesn’t float your boat – but you still fancy having a bit of a nose, you can still get on board with one of our short, 30 minute trips into the tunnel.

 30 minute boat trip times Weekdays  Weekends 
Running 19 to 26 February (half term) TBC 12.00 noon 12.00 noon
2 March to 28 October Friday - Monday 1.00pm 1.00pm
23 July to 3 September, seven days a week 2.00pm 2.00pm
  3.00pm 3.00pm

There’s always one of our entertaining guides around, who’ll thrill you with tales of the folk who designed, built and worked in the tunnel.

Prices  Short boat trip  Through trips 
Adults  £5.50  £22.50
Concessions  £5.00  n/a
Child (5-15yrs)  £4.50  n/a
Under 5s  free  n/a
Family (2 adults, 2 children)  £15.50  n/a
Groups of 12 and over (pre-booking is needed)   Call for prices  

Please note: only assistant dogs are allowed on the boat. The short boat trips can take one wheelchair each trip and it’s accessible via a wheelchair lift.

2 hour through trips – go all the way

Family visits at Standedge

Take a trip all the way through and explore deep into Standedge Tunnel. The journey lasts two hours and will give you a real in-depth insight into the history of our 200-year old tunnel. There are two trips on each of the through trip open days. See dates and times below.

For the morning trip a taxi will bring you back from Diggle. In the afternoon, the taxi will take you to Diggle before your trip.

And please remember to wrap up warm as the tunnel remains a cool temperature all year round.

Please note: through trips are not suitable for under 8s. 

Through trips open days 2018

1 April 15 April 29 April 13 May 27 May 
24 June 22 July 19 August 16 September 30 September
14 October 28 October      

Over and under adventures (2 hours)

So a taxi ride with your two hour through tunnel trip seems a bit too modern for you? We’ve got it covered. On the selected dates below you can join our guided walk  following the route of the old pack horses. You’ll need some warm clothing for the tunnel and good footwear as the moors can be muddy under foot.

'Over and under'open days 2018

10 June 8 July 5 August 
2 September    


Both through trips times   
Marsden to Diggle 10.00am
Travel by boat and join the guided walk back to Marden
Diggle to Marsden 10.00am
Join in guided walk followed by boat trip back to Marsden

Booking essential as our boat trips are really popular places are limited. Call: 01484 844298. 

Last date edited: 17 January 2018