Huddersfield Narrow Canal
The Scout Tunnel was only one lock and 400 metres ahead, with its western end hewn out of solid rock and the eastern side lined with brick. BW were in evidence among the following locks, painting balance beams and making locking a tricky operation. Jeff managed to get white paint on his coat and trousers before realising the paint was still wet!
We arrived at the Dobcross moorings at 3.00 pm, as far as we could go before starting the final ascent to the Western Portal of the Standedge Tunnel. As promised, we made a pilgrimage to the HCS offices only to discover that Mr Ogborn has called ahead and the administrator was expecting us! I don't think that many people stride in and ask to join up. I had read a review of the society's HNC Towpath Guide in a recent edition of Canal Boat and, having received another endorsement from Alwyn, asked for a copy. It turned out that the author was none other than Dr Bob Gough, Administrator of the Society and the person sitting in front of me. The book is a little treasure trove and a must for all boaters - far better than Nicholson in this area where the canal dissapears beneath a smudge of black chevrons!.
Whats more, we wanted to walk over Standedge Moor and the book provided a number of alternative routes that we would never have found on our own. More of this gem in a later blog entry. Bob is passionate about the history of the canal, and was only too happy to extract the historical photos from their reference library, showing me how things used to be.
The mooring next to the Transhipment Warehouse (HNCS's headquarters) is quiet and safe. It even has one of the very few DIY pump out machines in the area - if you have a card.