Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre Standedge Tunnel Visit a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. HD7 6DH. Check the events page for more details and to book your trip today!
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More importantly, it is the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out in Yorkshire. As one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, visitors can explore deep into this marvellous Yorkshire attraction on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in The Watersedge Coffee House, browse our museum in our pre Victorian trans shipmen

t warehouse, and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground and wildlife garden

๏ฟฝFREE Parking is available at our large car park located next to Marsden Railway Station. The Watersedge Coffee House, run by our friends Brian and Lorna is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm

Boat trips run on Fridays and Saturdays. Our page will keep you updated with the latest news and events. Don't forget to share your pictures with us!

And the winner isโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ† Elaine! What a fantastic shot of the Trans-Shipment Warehouse!Congratulations!
06/12/2023

And the winner isโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ†

Elaine! What a fantastic shot of the Trans-Shipment Warehouse!

Congratulations!

Competition time!We want to see your best photos of Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre!Been through the tunnel this year?...
02/12/2023

Competition time!

We want to see your best photos of Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre!

Been through the tunnel this year? Visited us at one of our events? Pop your best photo in the comments and the one with the most likes will win a Standedge Goodie Bag!

Remember to head into the comments to vote on your favourites!

Give us a hand and like our page if youโ€™ve not done so already ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

*Winner will be chosen on Wednesday 6th December at 6pm. Max 3 entries per person. We may contact you for permission to use your photos in the future.

Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

It's a bit cold out, but that didn't stop the nature reserve team heading out to continue with our fencing project.The s...
01/12/2023

It's a bit cold out, but that didn't stop the nature reserve team heading out to continue with our fencing project.

The safety fence along a section of the goit is there to prevent a fall from height into the water and mud. The existing fence was rotting at the base of a number of the posts and leaning quite a lot towards the water.

We are removing the old fence a section at a time and replacing it with a new post and rail fence.

Due to the cold and icy weather, tomorrow's boat trips into the tunnel have been cancelled. This decision has been taken...
30/11/2023

Due to the cold and icy weather, tomorrow's boat trips into the tunnel have been cancelled.

This decision has been taken to keep visitors and volunteers safe.

It's been a few days of towpath work this week and we have nearly got to lock 42. One more session and we should have co...
29/11/2023

It's been a few days of towpath work this week and we have nearly got to lock 42. One more session and we should have completed the 1st section of the Marsden flight ๐ŸŽŠ

We were joined on Monday by staff from Amey, who cleared a good 60 meters of vegetation.

Today the Kirklees College students were joined by staff from the Richmond Fellowship and cleared a further 80 meters!!

The towpath now has about an extra 1 meter of space for people to walk along, meaning pushchairs and wheelchairs can make their way up to Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre a bit easier.

Could we please remind all guests attending our Light Up Standedge tomorrow our parking policy
24/11/2023

Could we please remind all guests attending our Light Up Standedge tomorrow our parking policy

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธKey Parking Information๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ

Updated for 2023

As part of our commitments to being good neighbours and ensuring that roads around our site remain clear for emergency access, we have a parking strategy in place.

We kindly ask guests to use our main car park which is located near the railway station in Marsden (150 spaces). This is shared with Marsden Moor NT (Postcode HD7 6DH)

From there, you can board the free Marsden Shuttle (Check times on their page, Donations encouraged) or take the step free 10-15 minute stroll down the towpath to reach us at Tunnel End.

โ™ฟ For those with mobility difficulties, we have 6 spaces dedicated to persons with reduced mobility (Strictly Blue Badge Required) close to our main attraction (Postcode HD7 6NQ)

Our other spaces close to our attraction are dedicated to our staff and volunteers. Please do not park on either Reddisher Road or Waters Road. This is to ensure that our neighbours can continue to park outside their homes and also ensure that emergency service vehicles can pass freely.

Thankyou for your understanding, We hope to see you soon!

Just a little reminder our special team of volunteers are working extremely hard on putting lights and decorations up ar...
17/11/2023

Just a little reminder our special team of volunteers are working extremely hard on putting lights and decorations up around Standedge Tunnel for the ๐ŸŽ„Light Up Standedge ๐ŸŽ„on 25th November come down and join us to get into the festive spirit we will be running short boat trips in the tunnel with the last one of the day 3pm to see the tunnel all lit up get booking on Eventbrite

This week's volunteering has been productive to say the least..The students from Kirklees College have cleared more towp...
17/11/2023

This week's volunteering has been productive to say the least..

The students from Kirklees College have cleared more towpath bring the total up to about 300m. This has had a huge effect in that there is now 2m of path allowing visitors, bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs to pass each other safely.

The grounds team have cleared several van fulls of soil and rubbish from site to allow a delivery of woodchip to be dropped off. The woodchip will be used around the site as a mulch and to add a layer of protection around play equipment.

The nature reserve team have begun creating a dead hedge around the wildflower area. This has also had some willow added so that it will become a living willow hedge. The idea is to allow the wildflowers to grow with less disturbance from feet and paws, but will also create a habitat for wildlife.

Another busy day for the nature reserve team today. We have been doing some strimmer training and assessments.Congratula...
10/11/2023

Another busy day for the nature reserve team today. We have been doing some strimmer training and assessments.

Congratulations to our 3 volunteers who have been passed out today (Jayne, Sue and Billy) ๐ŸŽŠ.

We have also started some of our tree coppice work. 2 Hazel trees have been coppice to open up the view from the wildflower area bench, which is now bathed in winter sunlight and offers a great view of the river and P**e hill.

A willow has been cut back to allow better access to the pond. The river bank has eroded due to the recent water levels, by cutting back the willow there is now safer access down to the waters edge.

We will be continuing to carry out coppicing around the reserve which will include cutting the trees on the wash wall to open up the views and protect the masonry, as well as some selective thinning to create glades in the wet woodland areas. This will encourage more flora to emerge and create a mosaic of habitats.

Boat Team out training today a through trip and back well done everyone   work   We are still running short trips at wee...
09/11/2023

Boat Team out training today a through trip and back well done everyone work We are still running short trips at weekends through November

Wednesdays project with Kirklees College is really going well.The group managed to clear approximately 100m of vegetatio...
09/11/2023

Wednesdays project with Kirklees College is really going well.

The group managed to clear approximately 100m of vegetation from the coping stones that edge the towpath. It's pretty labour intensive with digging it out and then shifting away to rot down.

This week we were joined by a new member to the team who got stuck in and has taken us up to 7 young people determined to make a difference to the Huddersfield narrow canal.

All the boat team have been really busy this week with waking up the ghosts in their scary Halloween costumes and fantas...
03/11/2023

All the boat team have been really busy this week with waking up the ghosts in their scary Halloween costumes and fantastic spooky stories by the guides well done everyone you all gave visitors to Standedge Tunnel a scary, spooky visit to remember ๐ŸŽƒ

This year, head into the Nature Reserve to banish The Curse of Tunnel End!Find the creatures within and solve their puzz...
28/10/2023

This year, head into the Nature Reserve to banish The Curse of Tunnel End!

Find the creatures within and solve their puzzling riddles to win a prize! ๐Ÿ‘ป

Purchase your trail guide from our Tunnel Control Office next to the tunnel portalโ€ฆ

Get booking! ๐Ÿ‘ปStep onboard our tour boat this Halloween and   deep within Standedge Tunnel!Head on over to standedge.eve...
27/10/2023

Get booking! ๐Ÿ‘ป

Step onboard our tour boat this Halloween and deep within Standedge Tunnel!

Head on over to standedge.eventbrite.co.uk to secure your place. Trips will run from the 28th October all the way to 3rd November!

The nature reserve is back open ๐ŸŽŠThe water has receded to a safe level now and Marsden beach can now be seen..
21/10/2023

The nature reserve is back open ๐ŸŽŠ

The water has receded to a safe level now and Marsden beach can now be seen..

This week our volunteers have been continuing to work on projects big and small.The grounds team have been working on si...
21/10/2023

This week our volunteers have been continuing to work on projects big and small.

The grounds team have been working on site to carry out some maintenance on the access road/carpark. Potholes have been patched up, fences painted. They also headed back into the tunnel to do so.e more decorating for our Halloween boat trips - Standedge Tunnel - The Curse of Tunnel End! ๐Ÿ‘ป

A few of the team continued to work on the lock cabin project. Part of the chimney had to be taken down, the bricks cleaned and then built up again using lime mortar. Now that has been done, work can commence on putting the roof on and then tidying up the surrounding area.

Despite Fridays weather, the nature reserve team were in. We looked at sorting a large puddle that was forming at the beginning of the footpath. ๐Ÿคžthere won't be a 2"deep pond to walk through anymore.
We also began putting out the rubbing posts around parts of the welly walk.

Rain however did stop play, and tea and cake was the afternoons activity ๐Ÿ˜‹

Wake up the Ghosts at Standedge Tunnel this Halloween! ๐Ÿ‘ป Spooky Boat Rides are available to book at standedge.eventbrite...
20/10/2023

Wake up the Ghosts at Standedge Tunnel this Halloween! ๐Ÿ‘ป

Spooky Boat Rides are available to book at standedge.eventbrite.co.uk right now!

Trips available everyday from Saturday 28th October until Thursday 2nd November

Due to the heavy rainfall and the rate at which the old reservoir is filling with water, we have closed the nature reser...
20/10/2023

Due to the heavy rainfall and the rate at which the old reservoir is filling with water, we have closed the nature reserve.

In places the footpath is now underwater and with rain forecast for the rest of the day and night as well as tomorrow, we ask visitors to avoid the nature reserve area.

Now this was an interesting, tricky and fun day with Kirklees College students.We are tackling the off side vegetation t...
19/10/2023

Now this was an interesting, tricky and fun day with Kirklees College students.
We are tackling the off side vegetation that is encroaching the canal. On Wednesday we got the pontoon out and started on the wall after the railway bridge.

It's a slow and steady job and pretty tricky to get the bramble and bracken roots out of the wall.

Hard going, but with a good bunch of young people we made a good start.

Back to it next week ๐Ÿ‘

Another creative and fun day with our events volunteer team we are all doing a brilliant job in transforming the site an...
17/10/2023

Another creative and fun day with our events volunteer team we are all doing a brilliant job in transforming the site and tunnel ready to wake up the ghosts for Halloween ๐Ÿ‘€๐ŸŽƒ

A huge thank you too Charlie aged 8, who came to Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre on Saturday. He grabbed a litter pi...
16/10/2023

A huge thank you too Charlie aged 8, who came to Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre on Saturday. He grabbed a litter picker and bag and headed out on a and adventure.

I returned to my desk to find a bag full of litter and a wee note which made my day.

Thanks a lot Charlie, your a ๐ŸŒŸ

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Another full on week with our volunteers. The grounds team have been repairing potholes in the drive, building fences, p...
15/10/2023

Another full on week with our volunteers.

The grounds team have been repairing potholes in the drive, building fences, painting benches and refurbishment a lock cabin as well as decorating the site and boat ready for Halloween.

The lock cabin at lock 17 is an interesting project. It has fallen into disrepair and needs a roof, the chimney breast fixing and pointing using lime mortar. When refurbished it will be a cabin we can use, but also conserve some great canal heritage.

The nature reserve team have been dressing the steps to the pond to reduce the trip hazards due to erosion and compaction of the stone. Whilst we were at it, we also filled in some of the puddles to create better access along the main path.

Kirklees College students have set the pontoon up ready for next Wednesday when we will be looking at the offside vegetation-should be fun getting on the water ๐Ÿ˜‰

Head over to Standedge this Halloween and wake up the ghosts inside Britain's Most Haunted Canal Tunnel! Find out all th...
14/10/2023

Head over to Standedge this Halloween and wake up the ghosts inside Britain's Most Haunted Canal Tunnel!

Find out all the details and book onto a 'Wake Up The Ghosts - Spooky Boat Trip' here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://fb.me/e/3Z966Qns4

07/10/2023

Sound up! ๐Ÿ”Š Those of a nervous disposition should scroll on! โš ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ‘นThe Curse Of Tunnel End! ๐Ÿ‘น

Spooky Boat Rides, Halloween Treats and Hauntingly good Halloween trails, youโ€™ll be sure not to miss this one!

Activities still being finalised, check back for our event page for all the details including when our boat trips will run!

Saturday 28th October to Friday 3rd November

Celebrations once again as the volunteer team are recognised for their countless hours of contributions!Today we hosted ...
05/10/2023

Celebrations once again as the volunteer team are recognised for their countless hours of contributions!

Today we hosted an afternoon tea to say Thank You to our volunteers and give everyone the chance to unwind among friends.

Lots of badges and mugs to be handed out as our volunteers celebrate their personal milestones volunteering with the trust.

Many of our volunteers are already on track to achieving their higher awards soon!

Check through to see these lovely smiling faces and learn more about what they do!

What a difference the students from Kirklees College are making to the tow path between standedge and lock 42!!As part o...
04/10/2023

What a difference the students from Kirklees College are making to the tow path between standedge and lock 42!!

As part of a new Wednesday work party group, the students are clearing back the vegetation on the towpath to improve access.

Today the cut back and dug out another stretch and also replaced a step that leads into tunnel end woods. The timber for the step had rotten, leaving 2 metal rods sticking up which was a health and safety issue. A bit of digging removed the rods and a new step was put in.

Well done guys, your making a huge difference ๐Ÿ‘

03/10/2023

A nice wee video of the on Saturday where our nature reserve team won the award in the green category ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ† Winners! ๐Ÿ†Yesterday afternoon some of the nature reserve team headed over to Leeds Royal armouries for the     .We wer...
01/10/2023

๐Ÿ† Winners! ๐Ÿ†

Yesterday afternoon some of the nature reserve team headed over to Leeds Royal armouries for the .

We were nominated for the green award for our contribution to making where we live more environmentally friendly and better for nature.

The award was judged by 7 time para Olympic champion, Hannah Cockroft who chose the Standedge Nature Reserve team as this year's winner ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ.

An amazing award for an amazing group of people who dedicate their Fridays to manage and improve the tunnel end nature reserve for visitors and wildlife.

Congratulations team ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Lots more volunteer action this week...A large part of the grounds team work is keeping the site safe and tidy. The team...
29/09/2023

Lots more volunteer action this week...
A large part of the grounds team work is keeping the site safe and tidy. The team have been busy making the most of the dry weather and have been mowing and strimming the grass ready for this weekends wedding.

They have also been fixing some elements on the play equipment and fencing off the pumphouse roof, weeding the beds at lock 42 and generally tidying up the grounds.

Kirklees College students were in again on Wednesday and continued to clear the vegetation on the tow path. The students have got the hang of using a power barrow and strimmers and are making a huge difference ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The nature reserve team have also been out strimming some of the footpaths around the reserve and have made progress on clearing the wildflower area ready for seeding. Still plenty of digging to do, but should be worth it for next spring/summer ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป.

Some members of the nature reserve team are heading over to Leeds for the tomorrow. Can't wait to find out the results ๐ŸŽŠ

We also managed to find and save a very beautiful pale tussock caterpillar ๐Ÿ˜Š

It's always a good week spending time outdoors with this great bunch of volunteers

Hello Marsden!We are looking into creating a Marsden Towpath Taskforce along the waterways of the village. Would you be ...
28/09/2023

Hello Marsden!

We are looking into creating a Marsden Towpath Taskforce along the waterways of the village. Would you be interested in volunteering? Our towpath taskforces operate in many different areas such as Slaithwaite and Hebden Bridge and give locals the opportunity to help out and keep their local canal looking its best!

For this Taskforce, we are also looking at incorporating Lock keeping along with the usual tasks of vegetation management, litter picking etc.

Please could we ask you to show your interest by filling in the attached form here! ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://forms.office.com/e/yXm7gfbxmp

Last Friday, work began on clearing the wildflower area in the nature reserve.It's all been cut back and we have begun d...
26/09/2023

Last Friday, work began on clearing the wildflower area in the nature reserve.
It's all been cut back and we have begun digging it over. We have been collecting wildflower seeds, which we will get in before the colder weather comes. This includes yellow rattle (meadow maker) which should help reduce the amount of grass to allow the wildflowers to come through next spring.

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป for an area full of colour..

Calling all adventurous souls and lovers of the waterways!Have you ever dreamt of embarking on an exciting voyage throug...
25/09/2023

Calling all adventurous souls and lovers of the waterways!

Have you ever dreamt of embarking on an exciting voyage through history? If so, Standedge Tunnel awaits your presence. Our volunteer boat team is extending an invitation to passionate individuals like you, eager to dive into a world of waterborne wonders

We offer a variety of roles, each one promising a unique adventure.

You'll have the extraordinary opportunity to embark on a boat trip into the tunnel itself. Along the way, our dedicated volunteers will regale you with tales of their roles and the wonders hidden within this historical marvel.

Our days are divided into two sessions:
Morning Session: From 10am to 12pm
Afternoon Session: From 1pm to 3pm

Each session includes a captivating "Welcome to the Trust" presentation, a spellbinding boat trip, and a chance to chat with our passionate volunteers. Ask questions, share stories, and soak in the knowledge of this remarkable place.

To secure your spot in this exclusive adventure, head on over to the link below to sign up via Eventbrite, or if you prefer a more personal touch, send an email to [email protected].

But hurry, for places are as limited as the treasures hidden beneath the surface. Don't let this opportunity sail away!

Calling all adventurous souls and lovers of the waterways!

Our Shared Car Park will close this Sunday 24th September and will not reopen until the Friday 29th September.This is du...
21/09/2023

Our Shared Car Park will close this Sunday 24th September and will not reopen until the Friday 29th September.

This is due to filming arranged with Kirklees Council. Please bear this in mind whilst visiting us. The train is a good option and connects through to destinations like Manchester, Huddersfield and Leeds ๐Ÿ™‚

If you build it, they will come.Our grounds team have finished the bike rack and moved it down near the cafe. It's the m...
21/09/2023

If you build it, they will come.

Our grounds team have finished the bike rack and moved it down near the cafe. It's the marc 1 version and is going to need a few adjustments, but as you can see from the photo it works ๐ŸŽŠ

Kirklees College students have returned to Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre to help out along the canal.Today was the...
20/09/2023

Kirklees College students have returned to Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre to help out along the canal.
Today was their 1st day on site, and despite the rain, got stuck in to some tow path clearance.
We had 2 students and staff and they have had some tool training, in particular with the powered barrow and have quickly got the hang of it.

We are starting at Standedge and plan to head towards lock 42 clearing the vegetation from both side of the canal. It's a lot of hard work, but with the positive attitude of these young people, we will have it done in no time...

The weather may be on the change, but our volunteers are still out and about maintaining and managing the areas around s...
17/09/2023

The weather may be on the change, but our volunteers are still out and about maintaining and managing the areas around site.

The grounds team have been working extremely hard to complete the workshop at our Marsden compound. The workshop has been built so that our ops team can continue through the winter making bridges to go across the lock landings and making new paddles to replace damaged ones amongst other things. This workshop will give us all an 'outdoor/indoor' space for all sorts of projects. We have also designed and built a bike rack for those visitors who come on 2 wheels. The rack will be installed down by the cafe. Just a bit more work to do on it and it will be in situ soon.

Ken has been very busy refurbishing some beautiful benches which were a millennium commission lottery project. The benches that have been refurbished so far were designed by children from Wilberlee J&I school and Marsden Junior school in 2003 and were made by Cate Clark.

The nature reserve team have been creating and adding to the 'wellie walk'. This is a route that takes visitors down by the rivers edge, and in order to encourage little legs to go a bit further, you will find some fun features along the route. Look out for the original balance beams by the road side gate, a dragons nest, stepping logs, the dragon fly ponds and the willow tunnel. The route then takes you back onto the main path and either over to Marsden beach or back to the site.

We will be adding more elements to the walk to keep it exciting...

Head on over to one of the most beautiful places in the whole of the United Kingdom!Okay, we havenโ€™t exactly won anythin...
13/09/2023

Head on over to one of the most beautiful places in the whole of the United Kingdom!

Okay, we havenโ€™t exactly won anything in particular, we just wanted to shout about our wonderful place to visit! Nestled in the heart of the Pennine Hills, Standedge Tunnel is the ideal place to relaxโ€ฆ

07/09/2023

Our nature reserve team have been shortlisted for the BBC make a difference awards. We were on radio Leeds earlier today and also feature on this short video with the other nominations.

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿปwe win later this month, but if not a huge ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป for the team.

Thereโ€™s still time to give us a helping hand and fill in our survey! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚If you visited our Tunnel End Festival on Monday,...
31/08/2023

Thereโ€™s still time to give us a helping hand and fill in our survey! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

If you visited our Tunnel End Festival on Monday, we would love to hear from you!

Click the link below to get started, it only takes a couple of minutes ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘‡

Hello! Thank you for joining us for our Tunnel End Festival on Monday 28th August. We are interested in hearing from you to help us understand what we did well and what we can improve on.

30/08/2023

We had an ecstatic time welcoming you all to Standedge Tunnel for our Tunnel End Festival!

Now we want to hear from YOU! If you visited us for this event, please help us by filling out this super short survey. All comments and responses help us to understand what we did well and what we could do better at future events. ๐Ÿ™‚

Follow the link here ๐Ÿ‘‰ forms.office.com/e/SnF0smG4Z0

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Waters Road, Marsden
Huddersfield
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Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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