Going down towards Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale is a completely different experience to the urbanised climb out of Manchester. The scenery is so much more beautiful…
…and the towns you pass through are much more attractive.
The route through the Pennines is shared by road rail and canal and they frequently run side by side all taking the path of least resistance.
A steam train choo choo’d by while we were just about to go under this viaduct…
…and a local resident examined us carefully before losing interest and going back to lunch.
The last 4 locks on the canal are thankfully controlled and worked by a lock-keeper (ably assisted by his large friendly hound).
Locks 3 and 4 have been merged into one deep lock
from which you emerge straight into a tunnel.
It’s a relief to be sure that you’re not going to meet someone coming the other way!
This final milepost marks the end of the Rochdale and the beginning of the Calder & Hebble navigations.
Just 32 miles travelled in a week – it surely feels like a lot more than that!