Littleborough through Todmorden along the Rochdale Canal

The whole walk takes about 4 hours and finishes in Hebden Bridge (as the first walk does). Hmmm. One fine day - and it would have to be a fine day - I can see a combined circular walk coming on. That would cause a few aches.

The walk would probably take a lot less than 4 hours if you're not stopping too often to try to work out the dials and buttons on your new camera. There are no photos looking back down the towpath as they all came out in black smudge and white. Back to the instruction book for me then.

  1. On the way out of Littleborough. That house centre-right is lovely, and when I meet and marry the gorgeous, pouting millionairess of my dreams (where are you, luv?) one will purchase the property and instruct one's footman to take an imprint of the view from the upper rooms and publish it on the internet so that it may be enjoyed, if vicariously, by the hoi polloi.
    Until then I'll just walk past and take a picture of the outside.


  2. Looking up towards Summit, with its houses and mills. As you may be able to guess from the name, all the locks from Manchester to Summit are going upwards, and from Summit the locks go downwards to Sowerby Bridge. Never been to the latter - wonder how far it is?


  3. A grand building, and still in use.


  4. The border with Yorkshire. From this point the people become more insular and opinionated. Only kidding, Yorkshire folk! (I had to write that last bit because they've no sense of humour either.)


  5. I can only guess that the building on the left, which looks like an old fort, is actually the remains of a much bigger and more recent building.


  6. If the water level rises this could be an insurance nightmare, with the river to the left and the canal to the right. Could be the best house in the world if you cultivate fungi, though.


  7. When I took this photo I thought, "Cover of the Countryfile calendar next year, no problem, then on to a glittering career as a photographer". But it turned-out rubbish - as you can see - and at the time the low sun and colours and all the rest made it a fantastic sight. David Bailey is sleeping safe in his bed tonight, probably in the arms of a supermodel, and I can't work out why the sky came out all grey in my photo. Bastard.


  8. This is Walsden, on the way to Todmorden and a very nice place in its own right. Up until now I haven't mentioned pubs, but there are quite a few along this walk and an especially good one here.


  9. I can't believe they did it, but British Waterways have decided to enliven the canal boat experience by introducing this small waterfall in the stretch between Walsden and Todmorden.


  10. Ok, I was lying about the waterfall. Wouldn't it be great, though? They'd have my vote for lottery money, no problem. Just imagine the canal boats in a white-water Deliverance-type experience. Hell, I'd pay to go up and see it every weekend.

    The waterfall is on the river next to the canal. The picture above is a great railway arch just outside Todmorden. But you'd rather see Alex and Susie trying to control their canal boat as it gets destroyed on the rocks on its way down the rapids, wouldn't you? Or is that just me? I'd better shut up I think.


  11. This bridge has a window that looks very much like a toll-booth window. It's certainly similar to the ones on the M4.


  12. In the distance is the 'guillotine' lock at Todmorden. It does what it says on the tin. Mind you, I've never walked up to it with a member of the French aristocracy, and that has to be the real test. May spoil the town's school foreign-exchange policy, though, if I got it wrong.


  13. In the distance - Stoodley Pike Monument! That small symbol of so much walking (see elsewhere on this site).


  14. On the outskirts of Todmorden is a community of people who live on canal boats. Probably more of a 'community' than those of us in houses really are, but I'll leave that thought with you because I don't know where it goes.


  15. A Fjord, in Focus!


  16. Yorkshire looks different than Lancashire, more rolling green fields and less wind-swept moorland. Easy to write, but it's still quite a surprise when you see it for yourself within easy walking distance.


  17. Further up the Rochdale Canal and a boat builders and repairers. Many of these boats are lived-in all year long, judging by the fact that it's bloody freezing and the chimneys are going and there are kids running around and all that. I'll award myself a prize for spotting the obvious.


  18. A Fjord, Explorer!


  19. Another fjord joke could have been on its way, but I'll spare you. That is, though I say it myself, a damn pretty picture though. This is the first time I've crossed one of these overflows and had to use the planks (next to the wall) to get past due to the volume of water, and being a total wuss I don't like it much.


  20. I can't wax lyrical because I haven't the language skills, but I think that (in a relatively small area) the UK has some scenery to match anything in the world.


  21. The oldest trick in the book, using the arch of the bridge to frame the picture. Works for me.


  22. A poor photo of an undistinguished bridge. Unless, that is, you'd walked to Hebden Bridge over the Pennine Way a while ago and scrambled around (already knackered) on the canal bank the other side for a few hours. Until you found this bridge. This is a good bridge. I like it a lot.


  23. Milltown, er, I mean Hebden Bridge. The John Morrison books are well worth seeking-out - one of my favourite lines being when he describes Todmorden as, "A place where people still point at aeroplanes". Sublime.


  24. The train home. It could be the lack of tripod, it could be the dark or it could be the pints in Hebden Bridge. Whatever, do not adjust your eyes as it's the picture that's not in focus.