The Horseboating Society aims to keep alive the skills and traditions of operating horse-drawn boats. In 2001, the society made history when the horse-drawn boat "Maria" became the first boat to make the complete passage along the restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
In 2002 the society's main project was to take a horse-drawn boat right round the new South Pennine Ring. The boat chosen for the journey was "Elland", a 60 foot long riveted wrought iron narrowboat, this being the maximum length for a narrowboat travelling around the ring.
The boat needed to be moved through Sellers and Bates Tunnels, and the stretch in between which is not accessible from outside, with the aid of poles, which can be a slow process.
One of the most serious obstacles to the voyage was a river section of the Calder and Hebble Navigation, east of Brighouse, that has no towpath at all.
Above: "Elland" was bow-hauled carefully around the sharp corner into the Upper Lock at Brighouse.
Click here to see the next part of Elland's voyage: Littleborough and Rochdale.