Pennine Waterways News

Thursday 15 July 2010

Another Huddersfield Stoppage

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal may be the only Trans-Pennine canal not currently threatened with closure by water supply shortages, but it is having more than its share of short stoppages!

Lock 5e at Paddock, Huddersfield, is currently closed because of debris blocking a paddle. British Waterways staff are clearing the debris but the problem has allowed the long pound above the lock to drain.

Because the dry weather means BW has to be more careful than normal with the water in the canal, it is expected to take up to 24 hours to restore this section of canal to navigable levels.

BW will issue an update when the canal re-opens. Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to BW on 01782 785703.

Update: 19th July
BW issued an update saying the lock would be closed on 19th and 20th July.

Lock 5e below Longroyd railway viaduct.


  1. Has this re-opened yet? We're still hoping to be on the Huddersfield Narrow very soon, but are getting a little nervous to say the least about the number of recent stoppages!

  2. Sheila - BW reported this stoppage on Thursday and said it would take up to 24 hours to restore levels. Four days later they issued an update giving the days of the closure as 19th and 20th July! Hopefully that means the canal might be open again on or after Tuesday.


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