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Almost a mountainous canal in the Pennines

Rochdale Canal | England: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 53 km
Number of locks: 91
Lock dimensions: 22.60 x 4.30
Max. depth: 1.20
Max. headroom: 2.70
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (many locks)
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered, Waterway in reclusion
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Ashton Canal & Peak Forest Canal | England
Bridgewater Canal | England
Calder and Hebble Navigation | England
Manchester Ship Canal | England

Rochdale Canal
it starts in the middle of Manchester where it has access to the Bridgewater Canal. Then it goes northwards into the southerly foothills of the Pennines, to Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, turns then to the east and then, at Sowerby Bridge, into the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

Planning started at the same time as those for its bigger brother in the north, the Leeds & Liverpool. But, one finished with it earlier, opening was in 1811.
In 1952 it was closed and exactly 50 years later opened again.
Beginning in Manchester is urban of course but once, behind the agglomerations, one navigates through the very natural, rather rough environment of the hilly Pennines. The mostly dusky places are part of this unique scenery.
Altogether, it's one of those canals one either loves or dislikes!

Houseboat & Narrow Boat Hire, Rochdale Canal

Shirecruisers, Showerrybridge

Bronte Boat Hire

Pennine Waterways / History of the Rochedale Canal

As the enthusiasm for building canals gathered pace in the later part of the eighteenth century, various groups started putting forward proposals for canals to cross the barrier of the Pennines. Plans for the Leeds and Liverpool canal were launched in 1766. Just six weeks later a group of businessmen met in the Union Flag Inn in Rochdale to propose a shorter route between Manchester and Leeds via Rochdale. James Brindley was commissioned to survey two routes: one via Bury and one more directly via Heywood.

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No. 5  North West & the Pennines  |  Nicholson

Author: Harper Collins / Editor: Nicholson  /   Language: English
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Navigational notes include: Planning a cruise, using a lock and bridges, winding holes, boatyards and local services. Covers the Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble navigations and the Bridgewater, Lancaster, Huddersfield Broad and Narrow, Leeds & Liverpool, Macclesfield, Peak Forrest, Ashton, Rochdale and Trent & Mersey (Preston Brook to Kidsgrove) canals. Also: The history of each canal, places of interest, pubs and restaurants, opportunities for walking and cycling. Spiralbounding, size: A5

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