The deepest, highest, longest canal tunnel in Britain

Check out this fun video from CruisingTheCut on YouTube. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d actually be brave enough to enter this canal tunnel, which is is more than 200 years old. It’s hard not to marvel at the high level of engineering it took to construct this canal. The canal system in the UK was ramped up in the late 1700s because of, and to keep pace with the manufacturing sector (for more on that, see here from Historic UK). Railways soon replaced canals as the transportation mode de jour but most of the canals remain today, and many, like the Standedge canal, have been restored.

Opened originally in 1811, the Standedge (pronounced “Stannedge”, apparently) canal tunnel is a legendary boating experience at 5km (3.5m) long and hundreds of feet underground. I was lucky enough to join narrowboaters on a Pennine Cruise organised by the Huddersfield Canal Society as they went through this amazing tunnel.


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