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Sunday, 22 February 2009

Sunday Stroll: Diggle Locks

Ashton is a good starting point for walking along canal towpaths, which are more or less flat and pretty easy going. The first part of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, between Ashton and Stalybridge, is interesting enough but very industrial.

Eight miles along the canal, however, you are in another world as the locks of the Diggle flight climb up from Uppermill to Diggle, where the canal disappears into the 3.2 mile long Standedge Tunnel.

Alongside the canal, the railway also climbs towards its own tunnel, parallel with the canal tunnel.

When you are walking along a canal, it is always nice to see a boat to add colour and interest to the scene. But even more interesting also to see a steam train passing on the railway line in the background! I'm afraid the engine itself had passed by the time I got the camera ready, but this particular one was hauling twelve carriages, so I had time to capture them!

See Google Aerial View of this location.


  1. Lucky you to catch both! I don't suppose boats there are still towed, or are they? That does look like a wonderful place to take a walk.
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  2. Some boats are still towed (by horses) - take a look here: www.horseboating.org.uk

  3. I can send you my instantly ready camera!
    Never miss a shot again! Beats hiding it under the bed.

  4. Martin is right -canals make good walking territory. Last Sunday I walked from Lowsonford to Preston Bagot on the Stratford upon Avon Canal. There are several lock keepers' cottages which have barrelled roofs which, I am told, are unique to this canal.


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