August Walk: Huddersfield Canal Saturday 4th August

When looking at the past walks we were surprised to see that there hasn’t been a walk since before the canal’s  full restoration and re-opening in 2001 so thought it was time to put this right. This walk will be on the east side of the canal (last walked in February 1989), starting in Huddersfield to see the restoration work and subsequent alterations.

We will meet at 10a.m. at Tanyard Road, Milnsbridge (HD3 4NB), which is next to Milnsbridge Wharf (see map below). Leaving some cars here we will then drive to Quay Road, Huddersfield (HD1 6QT)  to start the walk at the locomotion bridge on the Huddersfield Broad canal. (Parking here is £2). The morning’s walk will take us past Aspley Basin (where there is a CRT toilet), through the University site where various alterations had to be made in order to re-open the canal, finishing back at Milnsbridge Wharf (2½ miles).

After collecting the cars from Huddersfield we’ll drive (or if you’re feeling energetic walk 2.7 miles) to Slaithewaite for lunch. There are various places here to eat – fish & chips, pubs and café’s. Having visited most of them we booked places at the Lock 22 café, which we highly recommend – excellent food at a remarkable price. We don’t need to pre-order food but do need to let them know numbers a week before the walk. The nearest car park by lock 22 is likely to be full but there is another free car park nearby on New Street and on street parking here too (HD7 5AB).

After lunch we will look at how the canal was reinstated through Slaithewaite and the guillotine lock then it is a very pleasant 3½ mile walk through some stunning countryside to Standedge Tunnel where the walk ends. The  Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and Watersedge Café are open until 5pm. There are also various hostelries and a very good ice cream parlour in Marsden.

It is a short hourly (Northern permitting) train or regular bus ride back to Slaithwaite to collect cars.

If you wish to eat at the Lock 22 cafe please let us know by Friday 27th July. Otherwise by notify us by Friday 3rd August if you’ll be attending: Tel: 07443834997