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Weekend Break boating holiday to Hebden Bridge and Todmorden - from Sowerby Bridge

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Short break boating holiday near Todmorden on the Rochdale Canal

Yorkshire Canal Map Three night weekend break 20 miles 34 locks 16 hours

Explore the Rochdale Canal in the Calder Valley, taking in the friendly towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, with stunning Pennine scenery and dramatic walks.

Navigation notes

this is one example of routes which our customers enjoy. Distances and times shown are for the return trip. You can vary the distance to suit you, because there are plenty of turning points ('winding holes') marked in the guides on your boat. These stopping places are just some among many possibilities. Information we provide about specific waterways or suggested routes is for general reference only. Please see more about route availability.


Luddenden Foot: boating holiday on the Rochdale Canal Weekend break at Mytholmroyd, Rochdale Canal

Mytholmroyd 4 miles 5 locks 3 hours

Arrive after lunch in our historic canal basin to take over your boat. After our detailed briefing, we take you up through the first three locks, including the deepest one in the country. You then sail off along the side of the valley, through two more locks, to Mytholmroyd, where you moor for the night. Here you have two pubs with food, an upmarket café and convenience stores.


Weekend break in Hebden Bridge Near Todmorden on the Rochdale Canal

Todmorden 6 miles 12 locks 5 hours

Next morning travel on to Hebden Bridge. This old mill town nestles in a fork in the hills, houses piled tier upon tier. Hebden is the original plastic-bag-free town, and has not succumbed to a big supermarket, so has an amazing variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. It's full of surprises - everything from horsey clothing to hand-made pottery, and not one but two bookshops. Keep on through the town and gradually wind up the valley, with woods, crags and the Calder running alongside, and views of the moors high above. Pause perhaps at the Stubbing Wharf pub, but keep going in order to reach Todmorden, a town schizophrenic as to whether it's Yorkshire or Lancashire, wool or cotton. Moor at the Fielden Wharf visitor moorings below Lock 19, just beside one pub though don't neglect the other pubs, restaurants and the busy market. Don't miss the Town Hall and many other fine Victorian - and much older - buildings, all dominated by a curving railway viaduct.


Above Hebden Bridge on a weekend hire boat break in Yorkshire Brearley - weekend boat hire in the Pennines

Luddenden Foot 8 miles 14 locks 6 hours

Turn below Lock 19 and head back, stopping for Sunday lunch at the Stubbing Wharf. Finish your day at Luddenden Foot (pub and Indian restaurant). The valley looks quite different on the way down, and you'll see things you missed on the way up.


Hebden Bridge, on a midweek boat hire break Relaxing on a midweek boating holiday in Pennine Yorkshire

Sowerby Bridge Wharf 2 miles 3 locks 2 hours

You need to get up early to be at the top lock for 8am, then back to base.

This trip gives you time for walks, the pub or simply to sit and unwind.

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Trip Review

"Great! V relaxing - cooking, reading, hanging out on board, cocktails on the poop deck, lots of birthday cake. Frankie (aged 1) loved feeding the ducks and the playgrounds at Mytholmroyd & Hebden. Clog museum & antiques emporium top visits!" - Miss Hinde, Sussex

"Hebden Bridge - lovely town & lovely buildings. Had lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton where the food was lovely & people were friendly. Fish & chips well priced at local chipshop." - Mrs Mangan, Westmorland

" Cruising, dog walks, 'Fish &Chips' at Hebden Bridge. Very helpful gent with own boat helped us at Lock 5. Played football. A wonderful weekend." - Mr Harding, Sussex

"Canal people - both holidaymakers & residents - universally friendly & helpful, sharing tales & advice. lots of walks with dogs - main ones being Hebden Bridge to heptonstall & Pennine Way from bridge 21." - Mr Norton, Norfolk

"Hebden Bridge: farmers market, very nice. we met a lady from Antwerpen, Belgium, she enjoyed speaking her own language, was very friendly." - Vr van den Buuse

"It was a superb weekend. Scenery, people & places." - Mr Firth, Northumberland

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