Rochdale Canal

Type:Enviromental Attraction


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First opened in 1804, the Rochdale Canal was the first trans-Pennine canal and one of the country's most spectacular waterways. An ambitious restoration programme resulted in the canal reopening along the entire 32 mile length in 2002. The canal runs from Manchester city centre, along the whole length of the borough of Rochdale from Middleton, through Castleton and Rochdale, then climbs high into the Pennines to Summit, above Littleborough. From here it descends into Yorkshire. The canal is a valuable habitat for wildlife and flora, and provides quiet areas of countryside close to the urban areas of Rochdale.

The towpath provides easy walking, and most of it is being upgraded to a cycle path. There is easy access at many points along the route.

Regular events are held on the canal, including the annual Rochdale Canal Festival in the summer - check the events page for details.


Attraction Facilities

  • Free Admission

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The canal is accessible from various points along its route, including Castleton, Rochdale, and Littleborough town centres.

Public Transport Directions

Bus connections to Castleton, Rochdale, and Littleborough. Easy access to the canal from Mills Hill, Castleton, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, and Littleborough railway stations.

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