7 Day Route - Bugsworth to Standedge Tunnels Visitor Centre & Return

 

This is a 7 Day Narrowboat Hire taking you to the Booth Lock Winding Hole and through the superbStandedge Tunnels Vistor tunnel wehre there is also a fine Visitor Centre & back to Bugsworth in 7 days.

This canal route takes you to close to Rochdale via Marple, Hyde, Ashden-under-Lyne an7right to the outskirts of Manchester. Then it's on towards Rochdale.

Total mileage 65    
Locks 118    
Moveable Bridges 10    
Small Aqueducts or Underbridges 32    
Tunnels 10    


Timings based on 7 hours per day
(except for first and final days which are taken as 4 hours each).

This is a trip of 65 miles, 6½ furlongs and 118 locks from Bugsworth to Bugsworth .
This will take 49 hours and 35 minutes which is 6 hours and 55 minutes for each of 6 days plus 4 hours on the first evening and 4 hours on the last morning.
 

Timings

This will take 49 hours, 56 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 6 hours and 59 minutes.This will take 49 hours, 56 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 6 hours and 59 minutes.

Totals

Total distance is 65 miles, 6½ furlongs and 118 locks. There are 10 moveable bridges; 32 small aqueducts or underbridges and 10 tunnels (including Hyde Bank Tunnel, Woodley Tunnel, Supermarket Tunnel, Scout Tunnel and Standedge Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

This is made up of 65 miles, 6½ furlongs of narrow canals; 118 narrow locks.
This will take 49 hours, 35 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Outward Route

From Bugsworth travel northwest on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Marple Junction

Then travel north on the Peak Forest Canal (Lower) for 8 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks to Dukinfield Junction

Then travel northeast on the Ashton Canal for 4 furlongs to Ashton-under-Lyne Junction

Then travel northeast on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal for 17 miles, 4 furlongs and 43 locks to Booth Lock Winding Hole

Return Route

Then travel southwest on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal for 17 miles, 4 furlongs and 43 locks to Ashton-under-Lyne Junction

Then travel southwest on the Ashton Canal for 4 furlongs to Dukinfield Junction

Then travel south on the Peak Forest Canal (Lower) for 8 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks to Marple Junction

Then travel southeast on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Bugsworth.

Overnight Stopping Places

This is calculated based on 4 hours travelling before the first overnight stop, 6 full days travelling and 4 hours travelling on the last day starting at Bugsworth (end of navigation).

On average each full day will be approximately 6 hours and 55 minutes travelling but some overnight stops have been moved to avoid unsuitable stopping places and this has affected the lengths of the days. The shortest day is 6 hours and 55 minutes and the longest is 7 hours and 32 minutes (the maximum day-length is set at 10 hours).

Partial first day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Lower), at Marple Top Lock No 16 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 6 miles, 6¾ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 3 hours 23 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

First full day of trip

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, at Stalybridge First New Road Bridge (just past Ashton-under-Lyne Junction). This is 10 miles, ¾ furlongs and 22 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 32 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge; 8 small aqueducts or underbridges and 3 tunnels. You will pass through Marple Locks, through Hyde Bank Tunnel, through Woodley Tunnel and through Supermarket Tunnel.

Second full day of trip

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, at Saddleworth Aqueduct (nearly at Standedge Tunnel (West end)). This is 8 miles, 6 furlongs and 17 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 56 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 small aqueduct or underbridge and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Scout Tunnel.

Third full day of trip

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, at Booth Lock Winding Hole. (Turn here tonight or tomorrow morning).

This is 7 miles, 2 furlongs and 20 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 56 minutes. Today's journey involves 2 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Standedge Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

Fourth full day of trip

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, at Lime Kiln Lock No 23W (just past Standedge Tunnel (West end)). This is 7 miles, 2 furlongs and 20 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 56 minutes. Today's journey involves 2 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Standedge Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

Fifth full day of trip

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, at Stalybridge Lock No 6W (nearly at Ashton-under-Lyne Junction). This is 8 miles, 7¾ furlongs and 17 locks of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 56 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 small aqueduct or underbridge and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Scout Tunnel.

Sixth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Marple Junction (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 9 miles, 7 furlongs and 22 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 32 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge; 8 small aqueducts or underbridges and 3 tunnels. You will pass through Supermarket Tunnel, through Woodley Tunnel, through Hyde Bank Tunnel and through Marple Locks.

End of last morning of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Upper), at Bugsworth (end of navigation). This is 6 miles, 6½ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 3 hours 24 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

NOTE 1Standedge Tunnel Passage through Standedge Tunnel is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This must be booked at least 3 days in advance. A copy of the Standedge Tunnel customer Guidelines is available here or on Waterscape or the Standedge website outlining the passage details. Please note that petrol engined boats and boats with fibreglass hulls are not permitted through the tunnel. For further details and to book please contact Manchester and Pennine Customer Service Team on 01782 785703.

7 Day   Bugsworth to Standedge Tunnel & Return

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