Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal runs from the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield Junction in Manchester to the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge.  The Ashton Canal joins at Ducie Street Junction in east Manchester.  There was a short arm into Rochdale, now closed and filled in.  The canal is 32 miles (51.5km) long and has 91 locks.

The maximum boat size that can navigate the canal is:
length: 71' 11" (21.92 metres) - Lock 19 (Todmorden / Library Lock)
beam: 13' 2" (4.01 metres) - Lock 26 (Pinnel Lock, Todmorden)
height: 6' 4" (1.93 metres) - M62 Bridge
draught: 4' 5" (1.35 metres) - cill of Lock 26

Tuel Lane locks (3 and 4) are operated by a lock-keeper (restricted hours; need to book Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday in summer and at all times in winter)



IWA Branches

Manchester - Manchester to the Lancashire/Yorkshire border
West Riding - Sowerby Bridge to the Lancashire/Yorkshire border

Navigation Authority

Canal & River Trust
Red Bull Wharf, Congleton Road South, Church Lawton, Stoke on Trent, ST7 3AP
T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website

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