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Address: from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge., Rochdale, England
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Great scenery but hard work

Did a trip on the Rochdale canal in Aug 2015. Saw some great scenery but you have to work hard to see all it in 4 days. The trip started from Sowerby Bridge Marina with Shire... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Andy M
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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This canal is great for long walks and for great conversations with fishing men and people on the canal it's self. Lots of great little pubs on route.

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1 Thank Lukey_Loves_Gin
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A beautiful walk and not too strenuous.particularly pleasant on a sunny crisp day. Enjoyed seeing boats going through the locks

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Thank CBNewry
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I love walking along this canal , it cost nothing to walk it a pleasure to to do , fresh air love it

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Thank donnajoe2014
Oldham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Canal goes to Manchester, I have cycled many times along the Rochdale canal,in a lot of places it is very dirty (shame) good for walking/cycling

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Thank Diamondkim21
Oldham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've walked several sections of the canal, all of them are beautiful and interesting. There's not much in the way of refreshments or toilets along the way, you have to wait until you reach a town, but if that's not a problem then it's a lovely way to spend your day

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Thank Hilary R
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We walked the whole length of this in 4 stages Great scenery in places and a fantastic few days out!

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Thank Craig W
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Marvellous canal. Wandered along the towpath, starting from Sowerby Bridge. Saw the modernised 32' lock ( you have to cross the main road as the canal goes underneath). If you enjoy a country walk and are interested in canals, the Rochdale shouldn't be missed! Incidentally, there is a gorgeous sculpture of a canal worker and his boy to see.

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Thank Hutchy68_10
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Did a trip on the Rochdale canal in Aug 2015. Saw some great scenery but you have to work hard to see all it in 4 days. The trip started from Sowerby Bridge Marina with Shire Cruises, the boat layout (Rutland) isn't as good as some others we've used but otherwise it was perfectly adequate and the boat was well... More 

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Thank Andy M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Some areas of the canal are stunning. I run along the canal but only in certain places such as castleton and littleborough as it doesnt feel as safe passing through the centre of rochdale,. It is much nicer now than it used to be though

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Thank thedavister
Rochdale
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

When the Rochdale Canal was in its pomp it was the M62 of its day. Nowadays it is a much underused waterway from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire to the centre of Manchester. As well as it's obvious use by canal boats the towpath is an excellent route for walkers and cyclists. I have walked the whole of it's length... More 

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