316 March Haigh

A couple of years ago we wrote of bargees "legging" through the Standedge Tunnel. Shortly afterwards Lily Turner wrote to tell us that her father, Mr David Whitehead, held the record as the fastest legger of this, the highest, deepest and longest canal tunnel in Britain. Now restored, the tunnel is again in use and appropriately it was Mrs Turner who opened the new Visitor Centre. So after our moorland walk we joined a boat trip for a closer look. But they won't let you leg it, it's all electric nowadays!

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LOCATION: Nine miles north-east of Oldham
START: Marsden Station, roadside parking. Grid ref: SE047116 Postcode: HD7 6AY

DISTANCE: 6 (or 5) miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: NT Guide to Marsden Moor Estate Outdoor Leisure - South Pennines
NOTE: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk Dogs on lead please
REFRESHMENTS: Standedge Visitor Centre
EN ROUTE: Standedge, March Haigh, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Rapes Hgighway, Eastergate

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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