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6 - Slaithwaite to Marsden - Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Tuesday 24th June 2003

Neil awoke and got up at 06:00, he then did a water fill up to get bow down for the tunnel. We eventually departed at 06:45. We woke up a liveaboard boater in the pound above Lock 23 E, due to putting his boat up the bank as we filled the lock............he was good natured about it and was soon out walking his dog. There was a slight cock-up filling Shuttle Lock 24 E, seeing as the guillotine was not quite down. Good few VERY low pounds above Slaithwaite, but only had to resort to juggle water down on two occasions and only once did we have to "jump" over an upper sill. 
We arrived above Lock 31E at 09:10 and went past the two boats readied for going up to Marsden at 13:00. We moored up just below Lock 32E (the narrowest on the east side). BW were about to replace the upper balance beam, with some negotiation with the BW repair crew and the "Men In Black" - Standedge lockies, we started up at 10:10, after the first of the "down" boats arrived. 
Eventually the lockies said we could go up as far as we could on the water available, before they let more down at lunch time We got all the way to lock 40E, before having to stop for the lockies dinner hour. We soon slunk off to "The Railway" for a well kept pint of Burtonwood and excellent sandwich / salads. Back on boat at 13:20 for resumption to the summit at 13:30. 
We eventually started off at 13:50 and went to the furthest you are allowed to go before the tunnel trips finish (Before the rail bridge) one of the two boats following us up soon arrived and we both joked about the lack of deep waiting moorings (for the day), with out any rings. This is a total joke and even the medium draughted Earnest could barely get in to the bank far enough to get off. People travelling from west to east would have even more fun, seeing as they have to spend a night here, before being worked down the first of the locks.
When the tunnel trips have finished (17:00 today) you are allowed right up to the tunnel. A bit before this we sidled up to the tunnel, just as they were packing up. Two boats were already there and soon after the fourth arrived up. One boat had been refused entry, as his rear dollies were not strong enough to cope with the tow. A mobile welding firm had just put on a new set.  
That evening a truly excellent meal and VERY well kept pints of Timmy Taylors Landlord, Black Sheep and Beyond the Pail - Elland Brewery. Truly HOME prepared food - excellent meat pie, with very attentive young landlady. Early to bed as we were truly knackered.


Slaithwaite. The old Lock No 21 E. Here the top sill was knocked through and a new Lock 21 E built the other side of a lowered road bridge. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The old Lock No 21 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The new Waterside Lock No 21 E and the lowered Waterside Bridge No 42. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The new Waterside Lock No 21 E. Beyond are some offside Long Term Moorings (none taken in 2003) and a waterpoint.  Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The winding point below Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The moorings above Waterside Lock No 21 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The narrows above Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


The Zam Zam Indian takeaway. Slaithwaite. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The narrows above Pickle Lock No 22 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The new bridge below Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Looking back from the new bridge below Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Looking back from Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Looking up from Dartmouth Lock No 23 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The pound between Dartmouth Lock No 23 E and the guillotine Shuttle Lock No 24 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The working Upper Mills. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Shuttle Lock No 24 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Shuttle Lock No 24 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. Shuttle Lock No 24 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Slaithwaite. The slipway beside Shuttle Lock No 24 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Shaker Wood Lock No 25 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Shaker Wood Lock No 25 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Skew Bridge Lock No 26 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Skew Bridge Lock No 26 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Skew Bridge Lock No 26 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

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Skew Bridge Lock No 26 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Approaching Mill Pond Lock No 27 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Mill Pond Lock No 27 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Mill Pond Lock No 27 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking up at Waring Bottom Lock No 28 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at Mill Pond Lock No 27 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Leaving Mill Pond Lock No 27 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Waring Bottom Lock No 28 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Waring Bottom Lock No 28 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Waring Bottom Lock No 28 E. Peter Wright takes in the stunning scenery. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking up at Booth Banks Bridge No 51 and White Hill Lock No 29 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


White Hill Lock No 29 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


White Hill Lock No 29 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at White Hill Lock No 29 E and a rather beached Springer narrow boat! Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Bank Nook Lock No 30 E. Is Martin W standing on the Bank Nook? Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Bank Nook Lock No 30 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Bank Nook Lock No 30 E. We had to let water down until Earnest floated over this huge shoal!!! Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Bank Nook Lock No 30 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at Bank Nook Lock No 30 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Booth Lock  Lock No 31 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Booth Lock  Lock No 31 E. Beyond here is the limit for non Standedge Tunnel Traffic. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back from Booth Lock  Lock No 31 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Booth Lock  Lock No 31 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at Booth Lock  Lock No 31 E. The hamlet of Booth Bank beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Mill at Lingards Wood. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Lingards Wood. Fishers Footbridge No 53. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Lingards Wood. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Waiting at Pig Tail Lock No 32 E for the assisted passage up. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Lock beam replacement at Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Sparth Lock No 33 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Leaving Pig Tail Lock No 32 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Sparth Lock No 33 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Sparth Lock No 33 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Sparth Reservoir and Lock No 33 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Cellars Lock No 34 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Cellars Lock No 34 E, Moorvale Lock No 35 E beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Cellars Lock No 34 E, Moorvale Lock No 35 E beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Moorvale Lock No 35 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Moorvale Lock No 35 E, White Skye Lock No 36 E beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Moorvale Lock No 35 E, Cellars Lock No 34 E below. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Moorvale Lock No 35 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


White Skye Lock No 36 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


White Skye Lock No 36 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at Moorvale Lock No 35 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


White Skye Lock No 36 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Looking back at White Skye Lock No 36 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Smudgees Lock No 37 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Smudgees Lock No 37 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Smudgees Lock No 37 E, Colne Lock No 38 E beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Colne Lock No 38 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Colne Lock No 38 E. Smithy Holme Bridge No 56 beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Smithy Holme Bridge No 56, Warehouse Hill lock No 39 E beyond. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Warehouse Hill Lock No 39 E. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Hopper Lock No 40. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden.


Marsden. Hopper Lock No 40, looking up to Dirker Lock No 41. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


The Railway pub at Marsden - a tidy establishment.


Marsden. Dirker Lock No 41, looking down at Hopper Lock No 40. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


The TNC of the moment - Martin Clark, Martin Wilson and Peter Wright.


Marsden. Hopper Lock No 40, looking up to Dirker Lock No 41. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Marsden Goods Yard Bridge No 57. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Station Approach Bridge No 59. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Railway Lock No 59 and Station Road Bridge No 60. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Railway Lock No 59. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Railway Lock No 59 and Station Road Bridge No 60. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Up on the short summit pound - the highest navigable canal in England. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End Railway Bridge No 61. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End. Standedge Visitor Centre. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End. Waters Edge tearooms to right of tunnel mouth. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Earnest at Tunnel End. The Tunnel End Inn is the building up the lane between the trees. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End. Waters Edge tearooms to right of tunnel mouth. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.


Marsden. Tunnel End Inn. Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

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