Rochdale Canal

Follow the Rochdale canal from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge on this waterside route through Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. It starts in the city centre of Manchester and runs for about 33 miles through the Pennine Hills. The canal is an excellent way to see the Pennines without too much effort as the towpath is largely flat.
You start off in Manchester just to the north of Piccadilly train station atthe CastlefieldBasin. The canal then heads to Rochdale passing through Failsworth and Chadderton on the way. Near Rochdale you will pass the lovely Hollingworth Lake which is worth a small detour.
The route continues through Littleborough to Todmorden where there is the opportunity to visit Stoodley Pike. The challenging climb to the monument gives gives great views over the surrounding area.
The next section runs from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge giving wonderful views of Calderdale and the Pennine Hills. If you have time you could visit the wonderful Hardcastle Crags just north of Hebden Bridge. Here you will find streams, beautiful waterfalls and the fantastic Gibson Mill.
The final stretch runs from Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge passing the pretty village of Mytholmroyd. The canal then joins the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal which is also great for a walk or cycle. You can continue along the towpath to nearby Brighouse to extend your exercise.

Rochdale Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map

Rochdale Canal Aerial Photo View Map

Distance33 miles (53 km)
Joining RoutesCalder and Hebble Navigation Canal, Hollingworth Lake, Stoodley Pike, Hardcastle Crags, Norland Moor, South Pennine Water Trail
Memory Map RouteRochdale Canal.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

GPX File

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Route Photos
Near the start in Manchester
Near Rochdale
Lock at Littleborough
Calderdale approaching Todmorden
Locks and Bridge, Todmorden
Hebden Bridge
Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
Sowerby Bridge - route end!

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