Sunday, 31 July 2011

Completed the Peak Forest Canal today. A pleasant run from our overnight mooring at Romily as far as its junction with the Ashton Canal. Here we have changed our initial intention to turn left and go the Manchester, instead we've gone right onto the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. This could turn out to be a bad move as this canal runs through some quite rough areas. Not only that but several people have told us that it is very hard work, lots of locks and a bit shallow. The carrot here is Standedge Tunnel, the highest, longest and deepest tunnel on the canal system. It's over 3 miles long, must be booked at least 3 days on advance, only 3 boats each way a day and the boat must take a tunnel pilot. On top of all that when we reach Huddersfield we have to turn around and come back because we're too long to continue.
Tonight we're tied up just off the junction and will start the assault on the climb up to the tunnel tomorrow.

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