We'll have spent a couple of days in Manchester centre since our previous guests departed in order to prepare the boat and stock up.
Our guests will join us in the afternoon and we'll spend our first evening together moored in the Castlefield Basin or nearby. Next morning bright and early we'll depart and tackle the Rochdale 9 with the aim of mooring near Chadderton (bridge 74 ish) for our second night.
Next morning we continue our climb up the Rochdale and our aim will be the summit by the end of the day. We'll be doing a rain dance, as 2018's efforts were thwarted by the drought -hopefully this time doing it a bit earlier on in the year, we'll make it through. Once over the summit, we'll begin our descent towards Todmorden and stay in Hebden bridge so our guests can explore the lovely town... this is as far as we got during the drought and had to turn back – dragging Ellis's bum along the bottom of the muddy puddle all the way to Sowerby Bridge.
After our night in Hebden, we'll chug onwards towards Tuel Lane Lock, through Sowerby Bridge and down to Brighouse on the Calder and Hebble Navigation... using the wooden spikes as necessary.
Staying in Brighouse for one night,we'll continue our journey, touching on the river Calder before we join the Huddersfield Broad canal for the final leg into Aspley Basin where we'll spend our final evening if there's space – if not, we'll chug a little farther on and tie up at the start of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near the University buildings... where our guests will depart following breakfast the next morning.
13th May - 20th May 2020 (7 nights)
From: Manchester (Bridgewater Canal)
To: Huddersfield (Huddersfield Broad Canal)
Via: Rochdale Canal
Highlights: Manchester City Centre
Tuel Lane Lock
Huddersfield Broad Canal
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Manchester - Huddersfield £745 pp