Standedge Tunnel - Discovery Boat Ride - Deep under the Pennines

Standedge Tunnel - Discovery Boat Ride - Deep under the Pennines

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£6 – £8

Enjoy a brief trip into the heart of the Pennine hills aboard one of our purpose built trip boats. Reconnect with history by the water...

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Standedge Tunnel - Discovery Boat Ride

A 30 minute guided tour of the Marsden End of Standedge Tunnel.

Explore with one of our experienced volunteers the history and environment that is Standedge Tunnel.

Eventbrite sales end 12 hours before each trip. Bookings can be taken over the phone on the day by calling 01484 242 792

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Explore the Depths of the Pennines

Do you know where the term 'legging it' comes from? Have you ever thought about the world beneath your feet?

Standedge Tunnel is the United Kingdoms Longest, Deepest and Highest Canal Tunnel, being 5189 metres long, 194 metres underground and 196 metres above sea level! It took 17 years to build and cost the lives of many individuals during its construction. It helped to steer a nation into prosperity by providing a fast link between Yorkshire and the ports on the western coasts of the British Isles.

With our excellent team of guides and boat masters, you'll be in good company who will be able to guide you along a short cruise of the Marsden end of the tunnel. You'll see different elements of construction along the way from the mid 1790s, right up until the present day. We will show you pictures of more advance sections of the tunnel and tell you about the notorious 'S' bend that catches boaters out! Step onboard, step back in time and discover why life is better by water...

Important Information

  • Our car park is located at ‘The Old Goods Yard’ next to Marsden Railway Station (HD7 6DH), from there, we are a 10-15 minute walk along the canal towpath which is signposted. Disabled parking bays are located at our Visitor Centre (HD7 6NQ).
  • To ensure an online departure for everyone, please arrive at the wharf in front of The Watersedge Coffee House around 10 minutes before your trip commences. Unfortunately, we will not wait for late arrivals.

Requirements & Exclusions

Due to the unique nature of the Tunnel and the boats that we use, certain requirements and Exclusions are in place.

  • Dogs are not permitted to board our boats, this is due to the confines of the cabin and for the health and well-being of your furry friend and our other passengers. (Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted). The Watersedge Coffee House and Visitor Centre is very dog friendly 🙂
  • Food and Drink are not permitted onboard.
  • Smoking is not allowed on board our boats including the use of electronic cigarettes and other smoking alternatives.
  • Guests must not be under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs and you will be turned away if deemed unfit to board.
  • Helmets (provided by us) must be worn if you are outside the main cabin.
  • Flash photography is permitted, however if you’re taking photos towards the rear of the boat, let us know so that our driver can deflect their eyes.
  • The safety instructions handed out by our volunteer crew must be adhered to at all times.

Access information:

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

  • Our boats contain a Wheelchair ramp and lift. We can only allow 2 wheelchairs per trip onboard. Please call our office to arrange this facility on 01484 242 792.
  • 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.

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Refund Information

  • Refunds can be requested up until 24hours before your trip. Although we’ve set this to automatically refund, it appears the Eventbrite platform is struggling with this. If you haven’t received a refund and your trip is at least 24 hours away, please contact us by email at
  • Less than 24 hours before your trip, tickets are non refundable unless the reason for refund is within our control (for example, equipment failure)
  • Eventbrite fees are non refundable, except when the refund is due to a fault on our part.

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