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Welcome to the deepest canal tunnel in the country

Welcome to the deepest canal tunnel in the country

Published at 5:34pm 15th August 2018.

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Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

Opened in 1811, Standedge tunnel is Britain's longest, deepest, highest canal tunnel and Stray FM's Nick Hancock, along with his son Alfie, has been to check it out.

Situated at Marsden in Huddersfield, Standedge tunnel and visitor centre offer two trips into the tunnel beneath the Pennines, 640 feet from the top of the hills to be precise. The tunnel consists of 14 shafts and at the first one, people at the front of the boat have the opportunity of a free shower, especially if the rain has been falling in large amounts.

 

Standedge tunnel from the boat
Is anyone down there?

Did you know...

  • At 3.25 miles long, Standedge is Britain's highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel
  • Standedge Tunnel is over 200 years old
  • Construction of the tunnel started in 1794 and took nearly 17 years to complete
  • Typical cargoes through the tunnel included wool, coal and horse manure!
Nick & Alfie
Nick & Alfie Hancock

The long and short of it

The two trips you can choose are a short 30 minute ride into the tunnel, which is currently proving the most popular for families and if you have more time to spare, why not go the full distance and settle down for a whole 2 hours detailing the full history of Standedge.

Listen to Stray FM's Nick Hancock chatting to tour guide Howard from Standedge tunnel and visitor centre, plus what 5-year-old Alfie thought of their trip.

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