TO mark its first anniversary on Tuesday, the Canal and River Trust wants people to get aboard a boat at Standedge Visitor Centre and travel into Britain’s longest canal tunnel for free.
In July last year the trust took over responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales.
The transfer of the waterways from state control to the voluntary sector was the largest of its kind ever to happen in this country.
The trust’s head of museums and attractions, Debbie Lumb, said: “July 2 is an historic date in the life of the waterways and we are offering these free trips so people can come and find out more about the important, but often hidden story, of our canals and rivers.
“The canals are wonderful working pieces of our nation’s heritage.
“It’s amazing to think that when we walk along the towpath we are still enjoying the hard work of thousands of men and women who created the canals over 250 years ago.”