Cycling

The 32-mile towpath, with its steady climbs and descents, is a perfect place for safe, traffic free, family-friendly cycling. It is ideal for a long distance ride by hooking up with the Pennine Bridleway and the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop or a weekend ride with the family? Whatever you want to do, the Rochdale Canal has it all.

The canal is part of 12,600 miles of National Cycle Network forming part of Route 66. Much of the Rochdale Canal is surfaced between Manchester City Centre and Warland, providing an ideal, easily accessible route for cyclists of all abilities.

Make the most of the cycle network with links through to Route 68, which passes through Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge, the Calder Valley Greenway to Brighouse and the Hebble Trail.

Look out for the upcoming guided bike rides in the Calendar of events, or if you want to explore the area on your own have a look at our local guides in Your Stories. These guides are packed with ideas on tried and tested rides on your stretch of the canal and links to other routes in the area.

Do you have a favourite cycling route or story about a recent ride? Tell us about it in Your Stories and help share the wonderful landscape of the Rochdale Canal.

More information about cycling on and around the Rochdale Canal can be found on the local authority websites and from Sustrans.