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About this website

Pennine Waterways is a personal website run as a "labour of love" and has no connection with the Canal and River Trust (or the former British Waterways).

Information shown in this web site was believed to be correct at the time of publication but should not be relied on. Important information should be checked, for example, when planning journeys or visits. Responsibility cannot be accepted for problems arising from inaccurate or out-of-date information. If you believe any information to be incorrect you are welcome to bring this to the attention of the webmaster.

A little history

The Pennine Waterways web site began in 1998 and grew rapidly during 1999, from a group of pages about The Huddersfield Narrow Canal on the Ashton under Lyne web site. The content quickly grew to include the Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals and was made into a separate site on its own server.

A major project undertaken was to report regularly with photographic updates on the progress of the Huddersfield Canal restoration. This proved very popular, attracting a large number of visitors. Similar coverage was later given to the restoration of the Rochdale Canal.

A feature of the site is the virtual cruise that can be taken along most of the canals covered. This is being improved as older photographs are replaced with better quality newer ones.

Keeping the Pennine Waterways site up to date with pictures of the restoration work on the Huddersfield Canal took up a lot of time during 2000 and 2001. The restoration of the Rochdale canal also kept me busy in 2001 and 2002. it was not until late in 2002 that I had the time to carry out a much-needed overhaul of the entire website.

A longer term aim has been to extend the site's coverage to include other waterways in the Pennine area. Already online are pages about the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Bridgewater Canal and about waterways in Manchester and Salford, including Salford Quays and Castlefield. The website also covers the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, Aire and Calder Navigation, Calder and Hebble Navigation, Barnsley Canal, Dearne and Dove Canal, Bradford Canal and Macclesfield Canal. The latest section of the website covers the North Yorkshire Waterways including Selby, York and Ripon.

The site includes an "online shopping" section in which I have chosen links to a wide selection of canal guides and books, Ordnance Survey maps and books about the local areas which can be purchased through

There is a "desktop wallpaper" section from which you can take your pick from a selection of higher quality canal pictures to use as the background for your computer desktop.

I am starting to add pages of archive photographs about some canals and I am grateful to those people who have supplied and let me use photographs here.

Towards the end of 2004 I began the task of upgrading the website to make it more "future-proof", more accessible, more compliant with a range of browsers and faster for each page to download. This was done by re-writing the pages to make use of CSS layout and by improving font sizing.

I am pleased to receive comments and suggestions from visitors to the site and take notice of the comments made when carrying out alterations.


I am grateful to Frank Smith and Bob Gough of the Huddersfield Canal Society for their assistance with information and photographs. I am also grateful to John and Margaret Fletcher, David Schofield, Alan Taylor, Ken Wright, Martin Millsom, Gary Metcalfe, Ian McCarthy, Dave Hill, Richard Feeney, Nick Catford, Mike Dilger, JW Harrop, David Long, Neil Arlidge, Peter Stockdale, Sue Day and to Costain Ltd, Balfour Beatty, British Waterways and others for permission to use photographs.


Unless otherwise stated, all photographs, maps and text are the copyright of Pennine Waterways. They may be downloaded or printed for personal use, such as to take with you when walking a canal towpath. They may not be reproduced or re-published, for example: in a book or on another web site, without permission. Where such permission may be given, acknowledgement must be made to "".

Higher resolution versions of all photographs exist in .jpg format and may be available by request.


Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, but no responsibility can be accepted for any inconvenience arising from errors. All links to external sites have been checked and should work, but may have been altered without my knowledge. If you find any broken links or other errors on this site, please contact me.

Privacy and Cookies

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Where any personal information is requested by this site, for example an email address when sending a message, that information is used only for that purpose and is not made available to anyone else.

What is a cookie?
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Why do you use cookies?
We use analytics cookies to help us understand how people find and use the site, which pages are most popular, how many pages people typically look at, etc. These cookies are operated by third parties (e.g. Sitemeter, Statcounter) on our behalf. These cookies may tell us which country or region your are in but are otherwise anonymous and do not contain or collect any information that identifies you.

Are you spying on me?
No! The cookies may be able to tell us if you have arrived at the website by following a link on another site. If you have arrived from search engine results, the cookies may be able to tell what you were searching for. This information is useful to us in helping us to understand how people reach the site and what information they are looking for. It helps us to make improvements to the site. Such information is not used for other purposes and does not identify you.

What about cookies from other sites?
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Relationship with

Pennine Waterways is a participant in the Amazon Europe Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to By clicking on these links you are leaving Pennine Waterways and going to's web site. Any transactions you then make are between you and Pennine Waterways is not involved in these transactions but may receive a referral fee for qualifying items purchased.

Linking to Pennine Waterways

The World Wide Web grows by sites linking to one another. The Canal Links Page has a selection of such links. I would be pleased to hear of suggestions for other suitable links.

If you would like to place a link to Pennine Waterways from your own site, there are details on the Linking to Pennine Waterways page.

For the convenience of visitors I have gathered together a collection of Search Engines and links to find other sites that may be of interest. Click here to go to the Searchbox site. The first page has a meta-search which looks through several engines at the same time. You might want to bookmark it so that you can use it for all your searching!

Pennine Waterways is part of the UK Waterways Web Ring, linking together websites about canals and waterways.

Pennine Waterways also belongs to other web rings which visitors may find interesting to explore. Check these out on the Web Ring page or Links page.

The original Ashton under Lyne web site has now moved to its own server. There are links to it from this site or it can be reached through the address

If you have any comments about these pages, please contact me.