Saturday, 26 March 2011

The other side of the hill

This afternoon we took the bus over the moors to Marsden. We'd been there recently on the Ale Train with friends from Macclesfield Marina and thought we'd go back to visit the other end of Standedge Tunnel. The tunnel boat trips have just started again for this season so we took the opportunity while we were there and went on the last short trip of the day. We were the only ones on the boat so had the full attention of the guide who was extremely knowledgeable and interesting and the half hour trip passed too quickly. We only went about 500 metres into the tunnel but it's VERY narrow and the boat kept banging against the sides. As the guide told us it got even narrower and the headroom got much lower further into the tunnel this reinforced our decision NOT to take our boat through for a few more years, until it's ready for a re-paint. The trip boat costs £4.50 each but was definitely worth it. You can go all the way through the tunnel for £10 and that trip lasts about 3 hours. If you went to Standedge by car you'd then either get the number 184 bus back or walk back over the moors.

No fancy gates on the Marsden end of the tunnel

Inside the brick-lined section of the tunnel

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