There are few canals in Britain that can claim a summit of 600 ft, offer stunning panoramic views over open moorland and city centre cruising. The 32- mile Rochdale Canal has it all.

With 92 locks, it provides a challenge for boaters although you can take it easy and stop off at countless pubs and other attractions en route.

The Rochdale Canal forms part of the South Pennine canal ring which traverses the Pennines talking in the Calder & Hebble Navigation, Huddersfield Broad, Huddersfield Narrow and Ashton canals.

The route takes you through the spectacular scenery of the South Pennines and through the Standedge Tunnel, the longest and highest canal tunnel in Britain. The Rochdale Canal also links through to the Bridgewater Canal and the Cheshire canal ring.

Boats can be hired from Bronte Boats and Shire Cruisers. Stubbing Wharf Cruises also offer boat trips along the canal at Hebden Bridge.