The Rochdale Canal

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Photo Highlights of the Rochdale Canal

A virtual cruise along the Rochdale Canal

The history of the Rochdale Canal

Archive Photographs of the Rochdale Canal

The restoration of the Rochdale Canal

Sowerby Bridge Wharf Restoration

The Rochdale Canal Towpath Route

On-line maps of the Rochdale Canal

Also on Pennine Waterways:

The Calder and Hebble Navigation

The Ashton Canal

Waterways in Manchester and Salford

The Rochdale Canal

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Bridgewater Canal

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Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK.

In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.

The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.

The site features photographs of the restoration work on the western half of the Rochdale Canal as well as a Virtual Cruise of the entire canal.

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These related books are available from - follow links for details:

The South Pennine Ring

by John Lower

Narrowboat Dreams: A Journey North by England's Waterways

by Steve Haywood

an account of a journey around the Huddersfield and Rochdale Canals when they had recently re-opened

Pearson's Canal Companion: Pennine Waters 

by Michael Pearson
Rochdale, Leeds and Liverpool, Calder and Hebble and Huddersfield Broad canals. Colour photos and diagrams. 2010 edition.

Pennine Pioneer: The Story of the Rochdale Canal

by Keith Gibson

Calder and Hebble Navigation

by Michael Taylor

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