Virtual Journey along the Rochdale Canal - Todmorden to Littleborough (1)

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Todmorden Guillotine Lock, Rochdale Canal
Lock 19, Todmorden Lock, alongside Rochdale Road, has had its tail gates replaced with a guillotine gate.
Todmorden Guillotine Lock, Rochdale Canal
When the lock is empty, the guillotine gate is raised to allow boats to pass below.
Todmorden Guillotine Lock, Rochdale Canal
The towpath emerges up this ramp to the lockside.
Todmorden Guillotine Lock, Rochdale Canal
Looking upstream at Lock 19.
Great Wall of Tod, Rochdale Canal
"The Great Wall of Tod" - this huge brick retaining wall supports the railway as it enters Todmorden from Lancashire. It is said to have taken some four million bricks to construct.
Wadsworth Mill Lock, Rochdale Canal
From Todmorden the canal turns southwards towards Littleborough and starts to climb steeply. Looking back to Wadsworth Mill Lock.
Gauxholme, Rochdale Canal
The Manchester to Leeds railway crosses on Skew Bridge, seen from Shade Lock, with the Gauxholme locks visible beyond. The bridge, which has ornate castellated turrets, is an striking example a skew railway bridge, crossing the canal at a very acute angle. The bridge was originally supported by hangers from the cast iron arches but was later reinforced by a girder structure underneath and wrought iron trusses, following the collapse of the cast iron railway bridge across the River Dee at Chester. Some websites incorrectly call this "Gauxholme Viaduct" but that is the name of the 17-arch stone viaduct carrying the railway a little south of this bridge.
Gauxholme, Rochdale Canal
Looking back to the railway bridge from the Gauxholme locks.
Gauxholme, Rochdale Canal
The canal climbs the steep sided Calder valley towards Walsden. This picture shows the two lower locks of the Gauxholme flight of three locks.

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