Starting out at the University of Huddersfield, at Lock 1E, this is a pleasant walk of just under 8 miles, finishing about 3 hours later at the Standedge Tunnel in Marsden. A more extended walk includes Standedge Moor, rejoining the canal at Diggle and continuing on to Ashton-Under-Lyne. This long walk comes in at 23 miles
This walk is shown here as a map and can be downloaded as a gpx file
Getting to Aspley, for the start of this walk is easy, its only a few hundred yards South East of Huddersfield Town Centre. Follow Wakefield Road until you get to Aspley, and get onto the Canal Towpath.
At this point you are on the Broad Canal, so head West past the University, and you will see the start.
Accompanied by the local ducks,
I leave the first lock and head off into the walk. Don’t get used to being on the towpath though. The canal allows barges to pass along, but the towpath is sadly no more. It is necessary to leave the canal almost as soon as you have begun, A short climb
Down the street (turn right at the bottom)Then keep going straight until
you get to the Kirklees College
Before you cross the main road, look back along the canal and you will see lock No.2. This is the only way to see it unless you are on a barge.
Lock No.3 is somewhat easier to see and has the towering backdrop of Kirklees College
At lock No.3 you rejoin the towpath as it heads away from huddersfield and sheds modernity for tranquility.
More on this to come,
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