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Standedge Tunnel Boat trips

A great 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 Tunnel view of the boat trip from the cafe

Join us onboard

Step onto one of our Standedge Class vessels for an expedition into the tunnel.

We run Fridays, Saturdays and alternate Sundays.

Please note that these trips are run by volunteers, so operating days depend on availability. We will strive to operate as advertised, but occasionally at short notice we may have to cancel trips for the day due to illness or holidays.

Check out our Facebook page as during the school holidays we provide extra trips on the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

On time departure; Our car park is located a 15-minute walk away over near Marsden Railway Station, Postcode; HD7 6DH. We aim to depart on time, so please ensure you arrive with time to board your trip. We can only wait on the discretion of the boat crew.

Boat through trip Marsden to Diggle or Diggle to Marsden.

(Approximately 2 Hours) We are planning to start these trips later in the year, in the meantime you could enjoy the Discovery Boat Ride. Prices to be announced soon.

Discovery Boat Ride - 30 minute tour of the tunnel

Prices

Child ages 0 -15£8
Adults£10
Concessionary£8
Family (2+2 or 1+3)£30

Requirements and exclusions

  • Dogs and other animals are not permitted on board this is due to the confines of the cabin and for the health and well-being of your furry friend and our other passengers. (Assistance animals will be allowed on board subject to the judgement of the boatmaster and must remain in the rear section of the boat only ). We reserve the right to refuse access onto the boat. If the animal appears to be causing a nuisance to the other passengers or crew, or is frightened of the tunnel the boat will quickly return to the mooring and the passenger with the animal will be asked to disembark. Note: a maximum of one assistance animal will be considered on each trip.
  • The cafe is very dog friendly
  • Food and Drink are not permitted
  • Smoking, or vaping is not allowed on board our boats
  • Helmets (provided by us) must be worn if you are outside the main cabin.
  • Still photography is permitted, not video and you must ensure that others on the boat are removed before posting on social media or anywhere else. This is to comply with GDPR requirements.
  • The tunnel can provide some interesting sensory inputs to those of us with a sensory impairment, it may be advisable to bring along some ear protection for those who need it.

Access information

Our trip boats are confined spaces but have some extraordinary features for a boat of its kind!

  • A wheelchair lift and ramp is provided, ensuring everyone can join us for our short expeditions. Unfortunately, due to evacuation limitations further down the tunnel, we are unable to allow wheelchair users on our 'All the way through' trips.
  • Guide dogs are permitted onboard.
  • The tunnel can provide some interesting sensory inputs to those of us with a sensory impairment, it may be advisable to bring along some ear protection for those who need it.

Last Edited: 28 February 2024

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