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Rochdale Canal

from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge., Rochdale, England
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Rochdale
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Often walk along the canal with my family..just to get some fresh air and get out of the house..theres some lovely houses you pass..wildlife..or if you want a bike ride its great for that too..plenty of people doin a spot of fishing along the way.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Live near here , the paths are great , smooth and money well spent , great for cycling and walking with some great stops along the way

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