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.
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.
Instruction, Lock 1
Feeding the ducks
The Great Wall of Tod
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"Walkleys Clogs - very interesting & a very helpful man
there. Highly recommended. Sweet shop - Hebden Bridge. Excellent
toyshop/museum in Todmorden (also a wonderful antique/junk
shop). Lots of good pubs. Walked to the high reservoirs."
- Dr Siklos
"Wild deer on wooded side of canal. Ate at White Hart in
Todmorden. Really good food. Ate at Stubbing Wharf which is also
good then cinema in Hebden Bridge." - Mrs Wade,
"Again we had a great time - it's the best feeling moving
slowly through the beautiful Calder Valley. we had a friend come
down through 2 locks with us & she loved it too." -
Ms Green, Norfolk
"The landscape was brilliant. All the people we met were very friendly. We cycled on the towpath which was very good and well maintained." - Mrs Wragg, Cambridge
"Thoroughly enjoyed. Met loads of people - boaters & non boaters." - Ms Collins, Devon
"Scenery, people excellent. Walk to Hardcastle Crags & Heptonstall really nice. Did 10 mile circular walk featured in Richlow Guide & a 9 mile circular walk from Todmorden to Stoodley Pike. Liked Hebden Bridge, also Grandma Pollard's pies." - Mr Rolliston, Stafford
"Absolutely fabulous! Great pubs, great beer, great food. Very friendly people everywhere we went. Rained only at night (thanks!)." - Mr Donovan, Buckingham
"Varied - some industrial, beautiful rural scenery. People very friendly & welcoming. pubs excellent, low cost, home cooked meals, reasonable locality to canal. Stoodley Pike walk from Bridge 25, walked to Summit from Lock 30. Took bus to Heptonstall from Hebden Bridge." - Mrs Jackson, Worcester
"Very scenic canal. We loved Stubbing Wharf pub. Excellent value, lovely food. It really helped, going up with a 'lock buddy'. We met some true characters!" - Mrs Thompson, Norfolk
"Scenery breathtaking, especially at the summit. People very friendly, whether in restaurants, pubs, or boaters. Loved the restaurants and coffee bars in Hebden Bridge." - Mr Sedgewick, Oxford