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19 - Sowerby Bridge to Todmorden - Rochdale Canal.

Monday 15th July 2002

We left at 07:30 going up the first two locks, so as to arrive for the opening of the Tuel Lane Deep Lock at 08:00. Howard the old Rochdale Canal Trust locky was still in residence, having been re-employed by BW when they took over the running of the Rochdale Canal (as were most of the other Trust employees). We were signalled to come through the tunnel with the normal series of whistles; Frogmoore and Earnest were told to squeeze up into the 57ft 6ins section of the lock. After a good talk with Howard, we were on our way at 08:25.
Uneventful trip up to Hebden Bridge, where we moored up on the water point at 11:10. We were getting old hands going up and down this section, other than this time we were not coming back! 
John and Pat went shopping and after having pulled back from the water point we shoved off at 14:00.
We passed through Lobb Mill Lock at 16:40. which had the normal array of youngsters in canoes darting about below the lock. We moored in Todmorden in Martin Clark's approved place, a fair way below Lock No19. That evening we all ate out at the Railway Hotel - by the station, a venue found by Peter Arlidge and Chris, when they went walkabout. OK meal and pint, not the best venue, but we had to find somewhere that took youngsters.

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The start of the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge form Lock No1. 

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Locks 1and 2 Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Lock No 1. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Locks 1and 2 Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Tunnel from Lock No 2. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Inside Tuel Lane Tunnel. Just after the old bridge section the tunnel walls are built on the remains of Lock No 3. Rochdale Canal.

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Entering Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Howard the locky. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Kwik Save supermarket car park to left. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4 hut. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Note we are only using the 57ft 6ins section. Rochdale Canal.

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Leaving Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Leaving Tuel Lane Deep Lock No3/4. Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Leaving Sowerby Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Sowerby Long Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Longbottom Bridge No 4. Rochdale Canal.

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Luddenden Foot. Station Road Bridge No 6. Rochdale Canal.

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Luddenden Foot. Looking back at Station Road Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Characteristic Rochdale Canal by-weir just beyond Ellen Royd Bridge No7. Rochdale Canal.

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Brearley Lower Lock No 5. Rochdale Canal.

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Rochdale Canal.

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Approaching Mytholmroyd. Moderna Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Halifax Road Bridge No 10. Mytholmroyd. Rochdale Canal.

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The White Lion pub and wharf at Mytholmroyd. Rochdale Canal.

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Mytholmroyd. Rochdale Canal.

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Broadbottom Bridge No13. Broadbottom Lock No 7 in the distance. Rochdale Canal.

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Broadbottom Lock No 7. Floating bit of reed bed to left of Earnest! Rochdale Canal.

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Looking back at Broadbottom Bridge No 10. Rochdale Canal.

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Broadbottom Lock No 7. Rochdale Canal.

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Broadbottom Lock No 7. John Chapman and Roger Hare - handcuff keys at the ready. Rochdale Canal.

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Looking back at Broadbottom Lock No 7. Rochdale Canal.

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Moorings for the Walkley Clog Mill. Rochdale Canal.

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Falling Royd Bridge No14. Not so much a bridge, more a dodgy tunnel with a bend in it. Rochdale Canal.

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Leaving Falling Royd Bridge No14. Rochdale Canal.

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Mayroyd - outskirts of Hebden Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Mayroyd Mills Lock No 8. Rochdale Canal.

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Mayroyd Mills Lock No 8. Rochdale Canal.

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The dry-dock and slipway in the centre of Hebden Bridge. The builders yard beside is being re-developed. Rochdale Canal.

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Hebden Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Hebden Bridge. Black Pit Lock No 17. Rochdale Canal.

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Hebden Bridge. Looking back from Black Pit Lock No 17. Sanitary Station / water point on the offside. Rochdale Canal.

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Just above Black Pit Lock No 17 is Black Pit Aqueduct over the River Hebden. Hebden Bridge. Rochdale Canal.

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Hebden Bridge. Looking back at Black Pit Lock No 17. Rochdale Canal.

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Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre. Rochdale Canal.

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Stubbing Lower Lock No 10. Rochdale Canal.

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Stubbing Lower Lock No 10, Stubbing Upper Lock No 11 in the distance. Rochdale Canal.

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Looking down from Stubbing Lower Lock No 10. Rochdale Canal.

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Looking back at Bridge No 19. Rochdale Canal.

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Stubbing Wharf pub. Rochdale Canal.

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Looking back at Stubbing Wharf pub. Rochdale Canal.

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Whitley Arches Railway Bridge No 20. Rochdale Canal.

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Rochdale Canal.

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Charlestown, below Rawden Mill Lock No 12. Rochdale Canal.

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Rawden Mill Lock No 12. Callis Mill to the right. Rochdale Canal.

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Rawden Mill Lock No 12 and Callis Mill Calderdale Council Workshops. This got a reprieve and makes lock gates for other waterways and other wooden items. It is a shame that their excellent prototypical Rochdale gates and paddle gear could not be used on the final BW fling of the restoration, instead of the "Northwich" style gates and gear. Rochdale Canal.

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Rawden Mill Lock No 12. Rochdale Canal.

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Callis Lock No 13. Rochdale Canal.

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Sewage works above Callis Lock No 13. Rochdale Canal.

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Eastwood. Rochdale Canal.

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Leaving Holmcoat Lock No 14. Rochdale Canal.

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Pickwell and Arnold Boatbuilders and Shawplains Lock No 15. Rochdale Canal.

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Shawplains Lock No 15. Rochdale Canal.

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Lobb Mill Lock No 16. Rochdale Canal.

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Looking back at Shawplains Lock No 15. Rochdale Canal.

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Lobb Mill Lock No 16. Rochdale Canal.

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Lobb Mill Lock No 16. Water sports centre below. Rochdale Canal.

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Lobb Mill Lock No 16. Rochdale Canal.

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Old Royd Lock No 17.  Rochdale Canal.

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Old Royd Lock No 17. Burnt out mill below is being restored. Rochdale Canal.

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Old Royd Lock No 17. Rochdale Canal.

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Outskirts of Todmorden. Rochdale Canal.

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Baltimore Marina. Todmorden. Rochdale Canal.

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Baltimore Marina. Todmorden. Rochdale Canal.

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