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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
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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
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
You can steer your own boat through Standedge Tunnel, under your own power, as long as one of our Canal & River Trust Tunnel ‘Chaperones’ is aboard your boat. Find out how to book your passage here.
Book your passage
You can book your passage through the tunnel online now or call 03030 404040 and ask for Standedge Tunnel passage bookings.
Passage is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between March – and November.
Passage times:Marsden – Diggle (going west) – from 8.30am to 10.30amDiggle – Marsden (going east) – from 1.00pm to 2.30pm
(Well, it is a popular spot for boaters!)
You can book your passage through the tunnel online or call: 03030 404040 and ask for Standedge Tunnel passage bookings.
These guidelines may change depending on water levels and availability of space. The restrictions make sure this amazing structure is always ready for you to enjoy it by ensuring there's enough water so you can navigate and that the tunnel stays open all season.
So if you’re due to enter the tunnel, here’s how to be prepared:
We may refuse to allow anyone to travel through the tunnel, if we consider them unable to meet the above requirements. However, you can:
Please moor just past lock 42E on the day before your passage and not to go past the second railway bridge until after 5.00pm. This is to avoid colliding with our Standedge visitor centre boat trip, which runs past this point until 5.00pm.
After 5.00pm you can moor at the tunnel entrance ready for your passage the following day. Passage preparations start at 8.00am the next day.
The locks from 32E to 42E are no longer manned, so please take care when travelling up the flight to minimise water loss and make sure all paddles are closed after you. When descending, please fill the lower lock on each pound before you release the water from the upper lock of that pound, otherwise the locks may flood.
Please don’t try to run water down from above without help from our team. Running water from the summit pound may mean boats will get stuck in the tunnel or tunnel being closed.
If you need any help on the flight, please call 03030 404040.
Please be at the Diggle portal for 11.30am on the day of your passage. Switch off your gas and p[ut out all stoves before entering the tunnel . Once through the tunnel, you can moor above lock 42E for up to 24 hours. Further mooring space is available below lock 32E, between Marsden and Slaithwaite villages (please note, there are no facilities at these locations).
Sadly, if your boat exceeds the following dimensions when our tunnel controller measures you at the tunnel entrance, we'll have to refuse you passage.
Maximum length = 70’ (21.34m)(A) Maximum width = 6’ 10” (2.08m)(B) Max. Height above water = 6’ 2” (1.88m)(C) Max. Draught below water = 3’ 3” (0.99m)
Last date edited: 22 September 2017