SJ9490 : Peak Forest Canal, Hyde Bank Tunnel

taken 7 years ago, near to Compstall, Stockport, Great Britain

Peak Forest Canal, Hyde Bank Tunnel
Peak Forest Canal, Hyde Bank Tunnel
The south-east portal of Hyde Bank Tunnel. The tunnel is 300 metres long and unusually wide (enough for two narrowboats to pass), but does not have a towpath. The horses would walk on a path above the tunnel and the Boats were propelled through it by 'legging'. The boatman would lie on his back on top of the cabin and 'walk' along the tunnel roof.

LinkExternal link Hyde Bank Tunnel, The Roof Collapse of 1895
Peak Forest Canal
The Peak Forest Canal runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge.

It was built to link the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought limestone from the Peak District quarries.

The Lower Peak Forest Canal forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways website including a "virtual tour" of the canal
LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for information on the history of the canal
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 30 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Canal (from Tags)
Peak Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9489 9026 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.5477N 2:4.7001W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9495 9023
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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