History detecting

The Rochdale Canal is one of the greatest heritage assets in the South Pennines and Greater Manchester areas. Completed in 1804, it was the first Trans – Pennine waterway, transporting goods weighing up to 2,000 tons per day at it’s height before its eventual decline as a transport route and closure in the mid 1950s.

Come and explore this fascinating history through the numerous heritage walks and tours offered along the length of the canal. Investigate the old link with the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal through an underground tour with the Inland Waterways Association or explore Castlefield, Hebden Bridge or Sowerby Bridge with the local history and canal groups.

Don’t miss the annual visit from the horse drawn boat during the Rochdale Canal Festival which recreates the canal in bygone times.

Look out for the various upcoming guided heritage walks, festivals and events in the Calendar of events.