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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
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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

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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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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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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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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Rochdale
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

After we had navigated the Huddersfield narrow and broad canals we thought that things had to get better . We spent some time in Sowerby Bridge and set off onto the Rochdale, disaster, there was a problem with lock 6 which meant the canal was closed and we were at lock 5 for 4 days waiting for repairs to be... More 

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manchester
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I go to todmorden by bus and walk back to rochdale. You know when you are nearing rochdale, the canal path is littered with dog excrement, I mean it is disgusting. Don't go there for a day out stay in todmorden.

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The canal starts at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorks and rises all the way to Summit past Todmorden-then drop through Littleborough,Rochdale and Middleton to Manchester(Dale Street basin).There are 93 lock chambers in total. The scenery is beautiful and the towpath is open to cycles,walkers,dogs and anglers. The fishing is not as good as it used to be prior to reopening... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Walked from Hebden bridge caravan club site in Mythmolroyd into Mythmolroyd then into Hebden bridge. The walk was a little longer than expected,4 year old and little dog struggled on way back. Overall was a lovely walk, make sure you wear wellies if its rained. Shame there wasn't a quaint little pub on route to have a stop at

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We managed to walk the length of the 32 mile Canal in several stages (using our pensioners' bus passes). It's beautiful in places, and steeped in history. It finds a surprisingly attractive way through Rochdale itself - and the other towns along its route are all of considerable interest (especially Hebden Bridge).

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