Virtual Journey along the Rochdale Canal - Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge (1)

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Sowerby Bridge Junction
The Rochdale Canal leaves the Calder and Hebble Navigation to the left opposite the sign.
Sowerby Bridge
Looking back from Lock 1, towards the start of the Rochdale Canal, with the Wainhouse Tower in Halifax looks down from the skyline. On the left is a warehouse which has now been renovated.
Sowerby Bridge
Looking towards Lock 1 from Lock 2, Sowerby Bridge.
Tuel Lane Tunnel, Sowerby Bridge
Having climbed two locks, the canal enters the new Tuel Tunnel. The next section of canal had been blocked and was re-built along a new line. Boaters must stop here and proceed on foot to the next lock and only navigate the tunnel when the lock keeper has prepared the lock and gives permission.
Tuel Lane Tunnel, Sowerby Bridge
Looking back to Lock 2 from Tuel Lane Tunnel.
Tuel Lane Tunnel, Sowerby Bridge
Going through Tuel Lane Tunnel towards the lock.
Tuel Lane Tunnel, Sowerby Bridge
Looking back into Tuel Lane Tunnel, Sowerby Bridge.
Tuel Lane Deep Lock, Sowerby Bridge
Entering Tuel Lane Deep Lock, which replaces the former Locks 3 and 4. This is the deepest inland waterway lock in Britain, with a drop of around twenty feet. It has two sets of lower gates so that water can be saved when shorter boats pass through.

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