- Huddersfield Broad Canal
The Huddersfield Broad Canal (also called by its original name, the Sir John Ramsden Canal) is a wide-locked navigable canal in
Yorkshirein northern England.
The waterway is 3 3/4 miles (6 km) long and has 9 wide locks. It follows the valley of the River Colne and connects the
Calder and Hebble Navigationat Cooper Bridge junction with the Huddersfield Narrow Canalat (or near) Aspley Basin in the centre of Huddersfield.
The original purpose of the canal was to connect Huddersfield to the other Yorkshire waterways: that is, to the
Aire and Calder Navigationvia the Calder and Hebble Navigation. It was built by the Ramsden family of Huddersfield, and completed in 1780. The building of the Huddersfield Narrow Canalgave it a heavily-locked Western connection to wool-weaving towns of the upper Colne valley ( Golcar, Linthwaite, Slaithwaite, and Marsden) and across the Penninesto Saddleworth, Stalybridgeand Manchestervia Standedge Tunnel(the longest, deepest and highest on the English Canals). It was never closed, and sections of the canal have been upgraded over a number of years.
The Broad Canal is used much more since the re-opening of the
Huddersfield Narrow Canalin 2001. This made the Broad canal part of one of three cross-Pennine through-routes. Mooring points around the Aspley Basin have fresh water and electric services.
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