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21-06-2013 : CANAL BRIDGES SET FOR BRIGHT FUTURE

Yorkshires answer to Sydney Harbour Bridge and a historic lift bridge on the Huddersfield Broad Canal have a bright future ahead of them after English Heritage gave a vote of confidence to the way they are cared for.

Stanley Ferry Aqueduct was built between 1836 and 1839 and has national significance as one of the earliest through arch bridges in the world, opening a full 100 years before the most famous example, Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Locomotive Bridge, also sometimes known as Turn Bridge, on the Huddersfield Broad Canal gets its name from the mechanism that would have lifted it allowing Canal Boats to travel along the canal.

Judy Jones, heritage advisor for the Canal and River Trust says, These two landmarks are real unsung heroes of Yorkshire’s industrial past.

They have national significance but most people probably don’t think about their history while they use them as part of their daily lives.

As well as these two marvellous feats of engineering there are many wonderful sights and spectacular constructions to encounter on a Canal Boat Holiday.

If you book a Canal Boat on the Llangollen Canal you can cross The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, this awe inspiring feat of engineering is now classified as a World Heritage Site putting it on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and the Statue of Liberty.

The recently restored Anderton Boat Lift is situated on the banks of The River Weaver and this 60 feet high hydraulic lift system transports Narrow Boats from the Trent And Mersey Canal to The River Weaver.

At over 3 miles long The Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is the longest tunnel on the canal system.

Book a Canal Boat Holiday on the Kennet And Avon Canal and navigate your way through the Caen Hill Locks.

Located on the Trent And Mersey Canal and known as Heartbreak Hill, The Cheshire Locks, consist of 26 locks spread over 7 miles.

From Worcester and feel a real sense of achievement as you and your crew navigate your way through The Tardebigge Locks.

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