Foulridge Tunnel :: Shared Description

Foulridge Tunnel on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal cuts through the hill to the west of Foulridge (pronounced "Fulridge" or "Foalridge") carrying the summit level of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for 1,640 yards (1500m) through the hillside. It was designed to be 18' high, 17' wide with a water depth of 7'. It took six years to construct and ran into serious problems (mainly water incursion) during construction, causing it to run massively over budget. It was finally opened in May 1796. It has subsequently collapsed three times - though I can only find dates for two of these: 1843 resulting in a two week closure and 1902 when the road above it also collapsed. A Jack Arch was constructed 350yds from the eastern end on this occasion to remedy the situation.
Ten years after this collapse, the most famous event in the tunnel's history occurred when a cow fell into the canal at the western end, and rather than try to get out there, decided to swim gallantly through the nearly a mile of tunnel to the Foulridge end. Amazingly it managed this feat, and with the help of a brandy from the local pub survived to moo the tale. Photographs of the cow can apparently be found in the Hole in the Wall pub in Foulridge.
The canal is controlled by traffic lights, and a standard narrowboat will take about 15 minutes to traverse its length. Wide barges however, which fit quite snugly into its bore can take nearly twice this long.
by Rob Farrow
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SD8842 : Airshaft, Foulridge Tunnel, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Rob Farrow
SD8842 : Foulridge Tunnel Portal by Rob Farrow
SD8842 : Approaching Foulridge Tunnel by Rob Farrow


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Created: Fri, 1 Jul 2011, Updated: Fri, 1 Jul 2011

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