Out & back boating holiday into the Pennines - to Walsden
25 miles 62 locks 25 hours
Seven night holiday
Leaving our historic canal basin, your journey begins
with the excitement of a new tunnel and the deepest lock in
the country. The canal gradually climbs through woods,
fields and small stone towns to Hebden Bridge. This old mill
town nestles in a fork in the hills, houses piled tier upon
tier. Hebden has excellent shops and is full of surprises -
everything from horsey clothing to hand-made pottery. Untie,
and go on up the valley, its sides closing in with crags and
trees and views of the moors high above. A stream runs
alongside, and the locks are set among woods or stone
cottages. The Pennine Way crosses at Callis.
So to Todmorden, completely untouristy yet with much to enjoy - fine Victorian buildings, especially the Town Hall, a lively market and many places to eat and drink, all dominated by a curving railway viaduct.
From here the going gets serious – more Alpine than Pennine. Pass the Great Wall of Todmorden, go under a splendidly overdone Gothic railway bridge, then stop at the Cross Keys (much recommended). Keep on to Lock 32, above which you can turn and moor up. Walk on to the summit, a spectacular gap in the hills.
This journey has a lot of locks but is well worth the effort. The reason for turning at Lock 32 is that it's the last practical winding hole (turning point) before the summit. Passage onto the summit is only normally permitted for boats making the onward passage to Littleborough.
This trip gives you time for walks, the pub or simply to sit and unwind.