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Cruising The Huddersfield Broad Canal

Cruising The Huddersfield Broad Canal

Winding through the wild countryside of West Yorkshire is the beautiful Huddersfield Broad Canal.

Cruising The Huddersfield Broad CanalPart of the waterways of mainland Britain it runs for 3 miles and 4 furlongs through 9 locks from Cooper Bridge. This Broad was an essential mode of travel for textiles in the 1700s.

For many boating enthusiasts this is the gateway to the Pennines and is very popular for cycling, walking and angling. An entire day can easily be spent cruising through the wide waterways that cut into the rugged and fertile countryside of Yorkshire.

Cruising The Huddersfield Broad CanalThe canal facilities have recently been upgraded and the restoration makes this a sought-after route which is perfect for a cruise along the Yorkshires waterways.

Huddersfield itself is a charming market town scattered with Victorian architecture and many Grade 1 listed buildings; in fact, the town has the third highest amount of listed buildings in Britain.

After a day of river exploration, moor up, and enjoy a hearty meal at either The Yorkshire Rose or The Royal and Ancient pub, both serving quintessential pub grub.

If you decide to stay for a weekend, apart from boating, there is a plethora of outdoor activities in and around Huddersfield.

A glorious little walk through the film set of Where The Heart Is provides scenic verdant landscapes and is refreshingly quiet.  You will begin in Slaithwaite and end in Marsden at The Riverhead brewery Tap where piping hot traditional British grub is prepared.

To escape into stretching moorland dotted with sharp peaks and a chilled Yorkshire wind visit Marsden Moor Estate, part of the National Trust. Or for a peaceful afternoon of fishing try the Butterfly Reservoir, a loch nestled in-between sweeping valleys and abundant with all sorts of fish including carp.

Cruising The Huddersfield Broad Canal
Cruising the Huddersfield Broad Canal is an equable way to spend a day or for a longer stay combining this cruise with a tour of the surrounding countryside and expansive valleys is both edifying and restorative.

By Natalie Laurence

Natalie Laurence, writer for Insure and Away, a freelance journalist and writer based in Brighton with a love for travelling.