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Rochdale Canal

Description of Rochdale Canal: In Manchester just over a mile is navigable at present, forming part of the Cheshire Ring. At Sowerby Bridge Tuel Lane Lock, opened in 1996, gave access to the Yorkshire end of the Canal and in 2002 the whole canal was re-opened.

History of Rochdale Canal: Promoted by Acts of 1794, 1800, 1804, 1806 and 1807. Opened in 1804. Closed to navigation in 1952.This 32 mile canal runs from Soweby Bridge, where it joins the Calder and Hebble Navigation, to Duke's Lock, Manchester, where it joins the Bridgewater Canal.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of Rochdale Canal: The new Tuel Lane lock, replacing two previous lock, is now the deepest canal lock in the the UK.

The barge 'June' at Hebden Bridge

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  • A Walk on t' Cut , Released in 2003, 1 hour 0 minutes Produced by Pathways Video Productions, A walk along the Rochdale Canal Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The South Pennine Ring , Released in 2002, 57 minutes Produced by VideoActive, The Huddersfield Narrow and Broad canals, Calder & Hebble, Rochdale and Ashton Canal. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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Related External Web Sites of Rochdale Canal

  • Lock 92 A new site covering the Rochdale, Huddersfield Narrow and Ashton Canals.
  • Pennine Waterways Peak Forest, Ashton, Rochdale, Leeds & Liverpool, Huddersfield and other canals in the area.
  • The Rochdale Canal Derek Parsons' site devoted to the canal and the surrounding area.
  • Stubbing Wharf Pub on the Rochdale Canal on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Rochdale Canal: Length 74 foot, beam 14 foot 2 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Rochdale Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Sowerby Bridge Junction

Junction with Calder and Hebble Navigation Junction with the Calder and Hebble Mavigation

0

0

N

SE059236

104

Sowerby Bridge Lock No 1

0.1

1

N

SE057236

104

Sowerby Bridge Lock No 2

0.3

2

N

SE056237

104

Tuel Lane Tunnel

0.4

2

N

SE062238

104

Tuel Lane Lock No 3

0.5

3

N

SE060237

0

Brearley Lower Lock No 5

2.9

4

N

SE030257

104

Brearley Upper Lock No 6

3.1

5

N

SE027259

104

Broadbottom Lock No 7

4.3

6

N

SE007264

104

Mayroyd Mill Lock No 8

5.3

7

N

SD996268

103

Blackpit Lock No 9

5.5

8

N

SD991270

103

Stubbing Lower Lock No 10

5.9

9

N

SD987271

103

Stubbing Upper Lock No 11

6

10

N

SD985271

103

Rawden Mill Lock No 12

6.8

11

N

SD973264

0

Callis Lock No 13

7

12

N

SD971262

103

Holmcoat Lock No 14

7.8

13

N

SD968259

103

Shawplains Lock No 15

8.4

14

N

SD959246

103

Lob Mill Lock No 16

8.6

15

N

SD954244

103

Old Royd Lock No 17

9.1

16

N

SD948243

103

Shop Lock No 18

9.8

17

N

SD938240

103

Todmorden Lock No 19

9.9

18

N

SD935240

103

Wadsworth Mill Lock No 20

10.3

19

N

SD932235

103

Shade Lock No 21

10.4

20

N

SD931233

103

Gauxholme Lowest Lock No 22

10.5

21

N

SD929232

103

Gauxholme Middle Lock No 23

10.6

22

N

SD929231

103

Gauxholme Highest Lock No 24

10.8

23

N

SD929229

103

Smithyholme Lock No 25

11

24

N

SD931226

103

Pinnel Lock No 26

11.1

25

N

SD931225

103

Hollings Lock No 27

11.3

26

N

SD933221

103

Travis Mill Lock No 28

11.5

27

N

SD935218

103

Nip Square Lock No 29

11.6

28

N

SD935217

103

Winterbutlee Lock No 30

11.8

29

N

SD935215

103

Lightbank Lock No 31

12

30

N

SD938212

103

Sands Lock No 32

12.3

31

N

SD939210

103

Bottomley Lock No 33

12.4

32

N

SD940209

103

Warland Lower Lock No 34

12.8

33

N

SD944203

103

Warland Upper Lock No 35

12.9

34

N

SD945202

103

Longlees Lock No 36

13

35

N

SD946199

109

West Summit Lock No 37

13.8

36

N

SD946189

109

First Lock Below West Summmit No 38

13.9

37

N

SD946187

109

Second Lock Below West Summit No 39

14

38

N

SD946186

109

Punchbowl Lock No 40

14.1

39

N

SD946182

109

First Lock Below Punchbowl No 41

Also Second Lock Below Punchbowl No 42

14.3

40

N

SD946180

109

Thickone Lock No 43

14.4

42

N

SD946179

109

Sladen Lock No 44

14.5

43

N

SD946177

109

Pike House Lock No 45

14.6

44

N

SD946173

109

Bent House Lock No 46

15

45

N

SD942169

109

Littleborough Higher Lock No 47

15.3

46

N

SD942165

109

Littleborugh Lower Lock No 48

15.4

47

N

SD940162

109

Moss Upper Lock No 49

19

48

N

SD905124

109

Moss Lower Lock No 50

19.1

49

N

SD904123

109

Rochdale Branch Junction

19.8

49

N

0

Blue Pits Highest Lock No 51

20.8

50

N

0

Blue Pits Middle Lock No 52

21

51

N

0

Blue Pits Lowest Lock No 53

Junction with Heywood Branch

21.1

52

N

0

Laneside First Lock No 54

22.1

53

N

0

Laneside Second Lock No 55

Laneside Third Lock No 56

22.3

54

N

0

Laneside Fourth Lock No 57

22.4

56

N

0

Laneside Fifth Lock No 58

22.5

57

N

0

Laneside Sixth Lock No 59

22.6

58

N

0

Boarshaw Lock No 60

23.1

59

N

SD884070

109

Scowcroft Lock No 61

23.4

60

N

SD886066

109

Coney Green Lock No 62

23.5

61

N

SD888064

109

Walk Mill Lock No 63

23.6

62

N

SD890064

109

Kay Lane Lock No 64

24.8

63

N

SD888050

109

Failsworth Lock No 65

26.9

64

N

0

Tannersfield Highest Lock No 66

27.6

65

N

SD873003

109

Tannersfield Middle Lock No 67

27.8

66

N

SD872002

109

Tannersfield Lowest Lock No 68

27.9

67

N

SD870001

109

Newton Heath Lock No 69

28.3

68

N

0

Pinfold Lock No 70

28.3

69

N

0

Shears Lock No 71

28.6

70

N

0

Scotchman's Lock No 72

28.8

71

N

0

Ten Acres Lock No 73

28.9

72

N

0

Drunken Bridge Lock No 74

29

73

N

0

Slater's High Lock No 75

29.1

74

N

0

Slater's Lower Lock No 76

29.3

75

N

0

Anthony Lock No 77

29.5

76

N

0

Coalpit Higher Lock No 78

29.8

77

N

0

Coalpit Middle Lock No 79

29.8

78

N

0

Coalpit Lower Lock No 80

30

79

N

0

Butler Lane Lock No 81

30.1

80

N

0

Ancoat's Lane Lock No 82

30.6

81

N

0

Brownsfield Lock No 83

30.8

82

N

0

Ducie Street Junction

Junction with Ashton Canal Junction with the Ashton Canal

30.8

82

N

SJ848981

109

Dale Street Lock No 84

30.9

83

N

SJ847981

109

Piccadilly Lock No 85

31

84

N

SJ846980

109

Chortton Street Lock No 86

31.1

85

N

SJ844978

109

David Street Lock No 87

31.3

86

N

SJ843977

109

Oxford Road Lock No 88

31.4

87

N

SJ840976

109

Tib Lock No 89

31.6

88

N

SJ838975

109

Albion Mills Lock No 90

31.8

89

N

SJ837975

109

Tunnel Lock No 91

31.9

90

N

SJ834975

109

Dukes Lock No 92

Junction with Bridgewater Canal Junction with the Bridgewater Canal

32

91

N

SJ831974

109

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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