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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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Download your free guides
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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
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
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.
Today we know it as one of the must-see wonders of our waterways, much loved by boaters and canalside visitors alike. But the story behind this amazing feat of engineering is one of lack of money, egos, indecision and death.
At the Marsden end of the tunnel, our visitor centre tells the story of the tunnel, from its planning through 200+ year’s of history. Including the fascinating story of its rescue, restoration and reopening in 2001.
With a special selection items on loan from our designated museum collection and films showing the story of the local people, our centre brings the Standedge Tunnel to life and challenges you to think again about your waterways.
Designated of national importance by Arts Council England, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two National Waterways Museums in Ellesmere Port and Gloucester. However, you'll also find treasured items on loan at Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre, the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne and here at Standedge.
Together it forms the most comprehensive collection that tells the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection consists of over 12,000 objects – including 68 historic boats and the national waterways archive.
Come and meet the engineers and navvies that designed and built this impossible tunnel.
Benjamin Outram was the consulting engineer for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. When he was asked to design a tunnel to travel beneath the great moors between Huddersfield and Oldham, near Manchester, he was confident that such an undertaking would not present any difficulties. After all, he was the architect for the great Marple Aqueduct on the Peak District Canal. But the building of any tunnel is inevitably plagued by setbacks and grave losses. Despite his many endeavors, it was not Benjamin who took the glory as builder of the world longest canal tunnel.
Discover full the story and why Standedge became the world’s most expensive canal tunnel at our visitor centre.
Contact our Explorers' team to arrange your next school trip to discover our stunning Standedge Tunnel
How do you fancy being part of the team at the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the country? Go to our volunteer pages to find out all you need to know about the ins and outs of volunteering and how you can get involved now. For instance, right now, we’re on the lookout for:
To find out more...
Call: 01484 844298Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOr go to our volunteering page below:
Volunteer at Standedge
Towpath ranger? Wildlife helper? Admin and catering? Explorers education assistant? See our latest opportunities
Last date edited: 20 February 2018