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Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal, which runs for 33 miles between Sowerby Bridge and Manchester, via my home town of Rochdale, opened fully in 1804.

Having closed in 1992, the canal re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 after an ambitious volunteer restoration project. The restoration entailed the total refurbishment of 24 locks, the cutting of a new section of channel, massive dredging of the original line and the construction of 12 new road bridges.

This gallery is a work in progress that charts the canal from its entry from West Yorkshire into the borough of Rochdale in Littleborough, through to its exit, in Middleton, to Oldham on the way to its destination in Manchester.

 

Looking back at narrowboats moored on the West Yorshire side of Lock 35, Warland Upper Lock - 22 June 2021 Lock 35 - Warland Upper Lock - The last lock before the canal enters the Borough of Rochdale at Littleborough - 22 June 2021 Warland Gate swing bridge - 22 June 2021 Lock 36 - Longlees Lock - 22 June 2021 Signpost between Warland Upper Lock and Longlees Lock - 22 June 2021 Lock 37 - West Summit Lock (the highest broad lock in England at a height of 623 feet above sea level) - 19 April 2021 | Centre spread of Real Rochdale magazine summer 2021 edition Lock 37 - West Summit Lock (the highest broad lock in England at a height of 623 feet above sea level) - 19 April 2021 Lock 38 - Royal Oak Lock - 19 April 2021 Lock 39 - Sladen Wood Lock - 20 April 2021 Lock 40 - Punchbowl Lock - 20 April 2021 Lock 39 - Sladen Wood Lock | Lock 40 - Punchbowl Lock - 19 April 2021 Lock 41 | Lock 42 - Rock Nook Lock | Lock 43 - Thickone Lock - 19 April 2021 Narrow footbridge at Lock 42 - Rock Nook Lock - 22 June 2021 Lock 43 - Thickone Lock - 22 June 2021 Lock 44 - Sladen Lock with Greenvale Mill on the right - 22 June 2021 Lock 44 - Sladen Lock - 22 June 2021 Lock 46 - Bent House Lock & Bridge 47 - 20 April 2021 Granny Buttons (Bourneville) narrowboat moored at a service station approaching Lock 47 - 20 April 2021 Lock 47 - Durn Lock - 20 April 2021 Lock 47 - Durn Lock - 20 April 2021 Angler fishing by Bridge 50 & Lock 48 - Ealees Lock, the bottom lock of the Littleborough flight - 22 June 2021 Canal dredger moored in Littleborough - 22 June 2021 Bridge 51 - Ben Healey Bridge - 22 June 2021 Looking towards Littleborough from Belfield Bridge - 15 June 2021 Bridge 56 - Belfield Bridge - 15 June 2021 Lock 49 - Moss Upper Lock - 22 April 2021 Rochdale Branch (now infilled beyond this short arm) | Changeline bridge adjoining Oldham Road Bridge - 22 April 2021 Canal overflow between Well-i'th-Lane Bridge and a concrete channel constructed during restoration - 22 April 2021 Concrete channel (beyond Well-i'th-Lane Bridge) constructed during restoration - 22 April 2021 Lock 51 - Blue Pits Highest Lock, Castleton - 5 May 2021 Lock 52 - Blue Pits Middle Lock, Castleton - 5 May 2021 Lock 52 - Blue Pits Middle Lock, Castleton - 5 May 2021 The MOF narrowboat moored on the approach to Lock 53 in Castleton - 5 May 2021 The MOF narrowboat moored on the approach to Lock 53 in Castleton - 5 May 2021 Lock 53 - Maden Fold, Castleton  (replaced Blue Pits Lowest Lock) - 5 May 2021 Lock 53 - Maden Fold & Bridge 65c, Castleton - 5 May 2021 Heading south from Lock 53 in Castleton, the 'new' canal channel constructed during restoration (left) and the original canal (right) merge - 5 May 2021 Lock 54 - First Laneside, Top Lock,  Slattocks - 15 April 2021 Lock 54 - First Laneside, Top Lock,  Slattocks | Footbridge 66 - 15 April 2021 Lock 55 - Second Laneside, Slattocks | Bridge 67 - 15 April 2021
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