ONE of the best ways to enjoy summer is a walk along the canal.

This photograph of Huddersfield Narrow Canal was taken by Examiner reader Daniel Spencer close to Marsden railway station.

The walk from Marsden down to Milnsbridge alongside the canal takes you past some of the most eye-catching scenery in the Huddersfield area.

It also shows old buildings rapidly deteriorating while others have been brought back to spectacular life.

Titanic Mills at Linthwaite is now apartments with their own balconies, while other mills close to the canal lay in ruins.

Construction of Huddersfield Narrow Canal was sanctioned by an Act of Parliament in 1794 and was finally finished after 17 years of hard labour.

It was completed under the supervision of some of the finest engineers of the Industrial Revolution, including Benjamin Outram, John Rooth and, latterly, Thomas Telford, who was the consultant overseeing the final section.

The first boat went through Standedge Tunnel on December 10, 1810, before the tunnel was officially opened on April 4th 1811.

When it finally opened to navigation, Huddersfield Narrow Canal became the third transPennine waterway after the Leeds and Liverpool and Rochdale canals.

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