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15d Narrow boat canal trip from Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge on the Rochdale Canal

(and on to Holmcoat Lock for overnight stop)

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Wednesday June 13th 2018 * Now on the Rochdale Canal * Previous day * Next day

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The KESTREL all ready to go below Sowerby Bridge Lock No. 1 which takes you out to travel west on the Rochdale Canal.

 

Sowerby Bridge Lock No. 2 (upper) and the pound between it and Sowerby Bridge Lock No. 1 (Rochdale Canal)

 

Looking from Sowerby Bridge Lock No.1 (very leaky!) towards Sowerby Bridge Lock No. 2

 

The narrow boat KESTREL passing from Sowerby Bridge Lock 1 to Lock 2 (Rochdale Canal)

 

Tuel Tunnel entrance and Bridge No 1 of the Rochdale Canal and Tuel Lane Lock 3/4 with Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge in the background.

 

Passing through Tuel Tunnel into Tuel Lane Lock 3/4 at Sowerby Bridge.

 

Tuel Lane Lock 3/4 (an awesome modern lock that has replaced the previous shallower locks 3 and 4).

 

Tuel Lane Lock 3/4 and the last buildings by the canal in Sowerby Bridge (Rochdale Canal).

 

Near Bridge 2 the Pennine landscape begins to show through after Sowerby Bridge as you proceed up the Calder Valley.

 

The plastic 'swan boat' on the canal bank between bridges 2 and 3 and flock of Canada Geese.

 

Approaching Station Road Bridge 6 at Luddenden Foot

 

Brearley Upper Lock No 6 (Brearley Lock) where they are doing a lot of work on towpath.

I like the little barge shunters - the men seemed to be having great fun! (Rochdale Canal)

 

Broadbottom Lock No. 7 near Clog Mill (Rochdale Canal)

 

Falling Royd Bridge 14 near Clog Mill - effectively a tunnel!

 

An interesting garden near Hebden Bridge (Rochdale Canal).

 

Approaching Bridge 15 and 'Welcome to Hebden Bridge Moorings' (Rochdale Canal)

 

A first view of canalside buildings in Hebden Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.

 

View towards Hebden Bridge from Mayroyd Mill Lock 8

 

View of Hebden Bridge through Mayroyd Bridge 16.

 

Nearing the centre of Hebden Bridge and the familiar characteristic mill buildings.

 

 Rim Nam Thai restaurant and takeaway on the canal bank at Hebden Bridge.

 

Classic views of Hebden Bridge basin and moorings, where we stayed overnight (Rochdale Canal)

 

 

Black Pit Lock 9 west of Hebden Bridge centre as we head west.

 

 

 

The Bicycle Den and Cafe in west Hebden Bridge on the banks of the Rochdale Canal

 

Leaving Hebden Bridge - Hebble End Bridge 18 and Stubbing Lower Lock No. 10

 

Stubbing Wharf Lock 11 just west of Hebden Bridge centre (Rochdale Canal)

 

Lock keeper's cottage, once occupied by a certain Lockman called James George Mynard

 

Stubbing Upper Lock No. 11 near the Stubbing Wharf visitor moorings

 

 Stubbing Wharf visitor moorings and a jolly crowd at the Stubbing Wharf pub!

 

 

Left: Rawden Mill Lock No. 12. Right: Callis Lock No. 13

 

A fine house and terraced garden by Burntacres Bridge 22 near Upper Eastwood

 

 

View through Burntacres Bridge 22 and the neat little Holmcoat Bridge 23 by Holmcoat Lock 14

 

The approach to Holmcoat Lock 14, and Kestrel waiting to enter the lock.

 

Natty little Holmcoat Bridge Holmcoat Bridge 23 by Holmcoat Lock 14

Parked up for the night just west of Holmcoat at Eastwood

 

The muddy 'stream' of River Calder always close by!

 

 

 Holmcoat Lock 14

 

Where parked overnight was close to the Bridgeholme Cricket Club in Calderdale neat Todmorden.

Quite a natty arched bridge has been built from the Rochdale canal bank across the River Calder and into the cricket ground.

 

Bridgeholme Cricket Club and connecting bridge.

 

 

We moored overnight near Holmcoat Lock (Rochdale Canal).

 

View from Holmcoat Lock No. 14 before heading for Todmorden


APPENDIX: More Pictures of Hebden Bridge

A classic view of the Rochdale canal at Hebden Bridge.

 

 

 

The old bridge over the Hebden Water, originally a packhorse bridge dating from ~1510, repaired many times and raised in 1890.

 

The old bridge. Hebden Bridge is a good place to pause on the Rochdale canal.

 

St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

 

 

 

The Hebden Bridge Picture House.

 

Hebden Bridge railway station on the busy Calderdale commuter line between Manchester, Bradford and Leeds.

 

The Railway pub kindly let me watch a World Cup 2018 match.

 

The Coffee Cali cafe in Bridge Gate, free WiFi and the Shoulder of Mutton pub in St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

 

The Watergate Tea Rooms, Bridge Gate, pleasant outdoor area on the banks of the Hebden Water, Hebden Bridge

 

Left: Rendezvous Mediterranean bistro and Bamboo Shop in Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge. Right: Lamppost cafe and boutique!

 

The White Swan pub and Valentine's Cafe and Bar in St Georges Square

 

The Little Theatre

Hebden Bridge

We went to see the play called "Lovesong" by Abi Morgan.

Not a bad production, a bit sad though!

 

 

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