THE STANDEDGE TUNNEL

2nd August 2010


 

Members of the intrepid and fearless crew teamed up with Cran, owner of the "Stealth Narrowboat, to assist with the latest daring mission.  They elected to attempt the transition of the worlds longest deepest and highest canal tunnel, the feared Standedge Tunnel, being 5,029m long (3.25 Miles).  Opened in 1811, having taken 17 years to build, at a cost of 123,804, the tunnel formed an important link across the Pennines.  It officially closed in 1944 and left to deteriorate, when after a multi-million pound refurbishment, it re-opened on the 1st May 2001 to just a few brave crews prepared to take the not inconsiderable risks.

The adventure begins:

           

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