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The Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal takes canal boat holiday makers across the Pennines

The Rochdale Canal takes boaters across the Pennines with spectacular views

Stretching for 32 miles with 91 locks along its length, the Rochdale Canal runs from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire.

It was the first of the three trans-Pennine canals to open.

The canal connects the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield Junction in Manchester to the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge.  There are steep climbs and lots of locks, but canal boat holiday-makers are rewarded with spectacular views of the Pennine hills.

Places of interest to visit along the way include Rochdale, Littleborough, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

The vanal forms part of the South Pennine Cruising Ring which can be done on three-week break from our Bunbury base.

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