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Rochdale Canal

Address: from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge., Rochdale, England
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Rochdale
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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English first
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Loved walking my two boxers along this canal. The reason I have only given 3'stars is because the Rochdale area is full of litter along both banks and in areas of the canal it self. Once you get either side (littleborough and North Manchester) the canal,is nice and clean and both bikers and walkers always polite and respectful of us... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

if you like nature and quiet scenic route for cycling then this is best option. I have done from Rochdale to Manchester which was nice experience but best one was from Rochdale to Hollingworth lake with midway rest stop at icecream shop on hollingworth lake.

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Take a bow Calder valley and the south Pennines. Most enjoyable three days walking. Easy access from Leeds to our start point at Sowerby bridge and great scenery right through to outskirts of Manchester. People just like us Leeds folk down to earth and friendly. Will spend more time in the area

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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Follow this canal for a great walk which will take you through open countryside and built up areas through Rochdale into the villages take the camera

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Manchester UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I did not think crossing the Pennines was that easy. Great views, from Manchester lock 92 to lock 1. Only 33 miles of moderate walking, however not one for wheelchair users or for people with mobility issues. Some great eating places on route.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I walk here often with my children and dog, lovely walks, clean paths, my children feed the ducks and enjoy coming here no matter the weather

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Littleborough, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We live locally so often walk along the canal. Linear walks there and back are fine, but it's also easy to get local trains and buses to reach different stretches of the waterway. It's well served with canalside pubs, shops and restaurants in Littleborough, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd so you can use your visit entirely to please yourself from... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

An excellent walk - 32 miles in length, across the Pennines from Sowerby Bridge is Yorkshire to Manchester. Very well restored, although is little used for boating. It provides a good, mainly flat and mainly dry walk through some really pretty scenery, among some impressive relics of the Industrial Revolution - with some very good hostelries en route. Easily accessible... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

In July, as a family of 5 seniors, tow of whom had significant previous canal experience, rented a canal boat in Sowerby Bridge, and set forth on what we expected to be fun-filled, albeit hardworking, vacation on the Rochdale Canal. While weather detracted from achieving our goal (The Summit) - being England in summer, rain, even heavy rain, was expected... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Clean and easy to use footpath. Lovely views of ever changing scenery between Littleborough and Todmorden, and we could have gone further if we'd had more time, and got the train or bus back if we felt tired. The locks and bridges are numerous and picturesque, the villages, hamlets and little towns all in Lancashire/Yorkshire stone, lots of greenery -... More 

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