Archive for July, 2010

A frenzy of interest was finally satisfied on Tuesday evening when 30 intrepid explorers made their way into the darkness under the Great Northern Warehouse to see the remains of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal which linked the Rochdale Canal to the River Irwell in the mid 1800s.

Since used during the 2nd World War as an air raid shelter the underground route of the canal takes you under Deansgate, Manchester Central and the Granada site.

For upcoming news on future underground tours go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/regions_branches/north_west/Manchester/manchester


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The young participants of the Building Bridges: Creative Canal project enjoyed a paddle in the Rochdale Canal today under the new canal artwork. The artwork installed on Ben Healey Bridge in Littleborough marks the end of an exciting project funded through the National Lottery Heritage Lottery fund which aimed to enhance and build awareness of the Rochdale Canal as a valuable piece of local heritage, improve its appearance and support greater young person involvement in our waterways. The Waterways Trust, Fairbridge North Manchester, British Waterways and Rochdale Council worked together to provide hands on opportunities for young people to be involved in canal heritage and to work with artists Paul Pickford and Brian Raymond to explore canal heritage through art. Ideas and designs created by the young people were incorporated into the final piece of art now installed at Bridge 51.

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Local residents and canal users are invited to have their say on a new canal towpath scheme running from Punchbowl Lock in Littleborough to Warland.

Funding for the towpath scheme has been secured by Rochdale Borough Council and comes from the South Pennines LEADER European rural funds. The towpath scheme is an extension to the multi-million pound Big Lottery funded Connect2 project which aims to make it easier for people to walk and cycle to the places they want to ‘connect2’ in and around their local communities.

There are a number of possible options for the Punchbowl Lock to Warland stretch, and Rochdale Borough Council wants you to have your say on how the towpath should look. The consultation will take place on Saturday 31 July from 10am to 12 noon at The Summit pub, Todmorden Road, Summit, Littleborough – and all are welcome to voice their opinions.

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The Rochdale Canal festival got off to a great start as hundreds of people enjoyed the sunny weather and activities in Failsworth on Saturday. With boat trips, angling, crafts, nature activities, music, and spectacular Taiko drumming workshops there was plenty to keep all ages entertained. Officially opened by the Worshipful Mayor of Oldham the festival launch marked the start of a week packed with activities for all ages. Have a look at the full programme for all the other activities still on offer.

Tantara Taiko drumming band at the Festival launch

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Here are the photos of horseboat Elland and horse Bilbo as they make their way up the Rochdale Nine in the Manchester City Centre on the first leg of their journey along the length of Rochdale Canal as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival.

Join the Rochdale Canal Festival launch at Failsworth Basin from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 24th for an opportunity to see the horseboat in action.

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We are taking bookings now.

Have a look at all the exciting free activities and come and join the Rochdale Canal Festival. Click on the link below.


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It is only 3 weeks until the start of the Rochdale Canal Festival. Book your place now on one of the many guided walks, bike rides, canoeing and angling taster sessions. Many activities require no booking at all so just turn up on the day. 

The Festival will be launched in Failsworth Basin on 24th July where you can enjoy many family fun activities, arts and crafts, music, angling taster sessions, boat trips and wildlife activities.

Click here rochdale canal festival 2010 activities for the full programme of activities which will take place on the Canal in Calderdale, Rochdale, Oldham and Manchester.

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