7 Day Route - Bugsworth to Rochdale & Return


7 day route to Wakefield Visitor Moorings & back to Bugsworth in 7 days.

This canal route takes you to close to Rochdale via Marple, Hyde, Ashden-under-Lyne an7right to the outskirts of ManchSter. Then it's on towards Rochdale.

(Image used with kind permission of www.penninewaterways.co.uk )

Total mileage 65    
Locks 134    
Moveable Bridges 16    
Small Aqueducts or Underbridges 32    
Tunnels 8    


Timings based on 7 hours per day
(except for first and final days which are taken as 4 hours each).

This is a trip of 65 miles and 134 locks from Bugsworth to Bugsworth.
This will take 49 hours and 56 minutes which is 6 hours and 59 minutes for each of 6 days plus 4 hours on the first evening and 4 hours on the last morning.
 

Timings

This will take 49 hours, 56 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 6 hours and 59 minutes.This will take 49 hours, 56 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 6 hours and 59 minutes.

Outward Route

From Bugsworth travel northwest on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Marple Junction
 
Then travel north on the Peak Forest Canal (Lower) for 8 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks to Dukinfield Junction
 
Then travel west on the Ashton Canal for 6 miles, 2½ furlongs and 18 locks to Ducie Street Junction
 
Then travel north on the Rochdale Canal for 11 miles, 2½ furlongs and 33 locks to Dicken Green Winding Hole

Return Route

Then travel south on the Rochdale Canal for 11 miles, 2½ furlongs and 33 locks to Ducie Street Junction

Then travel east on the Ashton Canal for 6 miles, 2½ furlongs and 18 locks to Dukinfield Junction

Then travel south on the Peak Forest Canal (Lower) for 8 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks to Marple Junction

Then travel southeast on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Bugsworth.

Overnight stopping places

(We are grateful to Martin Clark of Pennine Waterways for his comments on this standard Canalplan produced itinerary, especially in relation to overnight stopping places. Whist the overnight stopping places below might work for you, our recomendation is that your check Mrtin's web site at http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk/faq.htm#manchester2 where he has very kindly published further advice on mooring in the Manchester area. His experience and local knowledge should be considered as better information for this itinerary tghan the details produced below from Canalplan.

This is calculated based on 4 hours travelling before the first overnight stop, 6 full days travelling and 4 hours travelling on the last day starting at Bugsworth.

On average each full day will be approximately 6 hours and 59 minutes travelling but some overnight stops have been moved to avoid unsuitable stopping places and this has affected the lengths of the days. The shortest day is 5 hours and 56 minutes and the longest is 8 hours and 2 minutes (the maximum day-length is set at 10 hours).

Partial first day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Lower), at Marple Top Lock No 16 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 6 miles, 6¾ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 3 hours 23 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

First full day of trip

On the Ashton Canal, at Clayton Top Lock No 16 (a third of the way between Dukinfield Junction and Ducie Street Junction). This is 11 miles, 2¼ furlongs and 18 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 36 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges; 7 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels. You will pass through Marple Locks, through Hyde Bank Tunnel and through Woodley Tunnel.

Second full day of trip

On the Rochdale Canal, at Failsworth Railway Bridge (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks) (just past Failsworth Top Lock No 65). This is 3 miles, ¾ furlongs and 16 locks of narrow canals, and 3 miles, 7½ furlongs and 19 locks of broad canals; a total of 7 miles, ¼ furlongs and 35 locks and will take 8 hours 2 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Clayton Locks, through Beswick Locks, through Ancoats Locks and through Manchester 18 [see navigational note 1 below].

(Note from Martin Clark of http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk - DON'T overnight at Failsworth!)

Third full day of trip

On the Rochdale Canal, at Dicken Green Winding Hole. (Turn here tonight or tomorrow morning). (Note from Martin Clark of  http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk - DON'T overnight here!)

This is 7 miles, 3 furlongs and 14 locks of broad canals and will take 5 hours 57 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge; 1 small aqueduct or underbridge and 2 tunnels. You will pass through M60 Tunnel and through Edinburgh Way Tunnel.

Fourth full day of trip

On the Rochdale Canal, at Failsworth Top Lock No 65 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 7 miles, 3½ furlongs and 14 locks of broad canals and will take 5 hours 57 minutes. Today's journey involves 1 moveable bridge; 1 small aqueduct or underbridge and 2 tunnels. You will pass through Edinburgh Way Tunnel and through M60 Tunnel.

(Note from Martin Clark of http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk - DON'T overnight at Failsworth!)

Fifth full day of trip

On the Ashton Canal, at Droylsden Footbridge (two thirds of the way between Ducie Street Junction and Dukinfield Junction). This is 3 miles, 2¼ furlongs and 16 locks of narrow canals, and 3 miles, 7 furlongs and 19 locks of broad canals; a total of 7 miles, 1¼ furlongs and 35 locks and will take 8 hours 2 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Manchester 18 [see navigational note 1 below], through Ancoats Locks, through Beswick Locks and through Clayton Locks.

(Martin Clark says -  A quieter alternative is the Thomas Telford Basin in Piccadilly Village, a quarter of a mile along the Ashton Canal, turning right after crossing Store Street Aqueduct.)

Sixth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Marple Junction (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 11 miles, 1 furlong and 18 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 36 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges; 7 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels. You will pass through Woodley Tunnel, through Hyde Bank Tunnel and through Marple Locks.

End of last morning of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Upper), at Bugsworth. This is 6 miles, 6½ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 3 hours 23 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

Navigational notes

NOTE 1Canal & River Trust has a number of volunteer lock keepers working on the Rochdale Canal flight of 17, between Lock 65 at Failsworth and Lock 81 at Miles Platting. Although booking is no longer required on the flight, it can be hard work and a number of boaters have requested assistance.

The volunteers are happy to help when they can. Their help is given voluntarily so assistance is not guaranteed, but if you would like help call 0303 040 4040 at least 24 hours before your planned passage (longer if possible) and we will try to arrange this with the volunteers.

The lock keepers have all trained with the Trust and have excellent local knowledge which can really add to your experience of the flight.

Please call us if you want to look into this, the more notice the better.

While assistance cannot be guaranteed the volunteers are committed to helping where they can.

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IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CHECK YOUR ROUTE FOR ANY CLOSURES AND/OR ISSUES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.

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Our thanks to canalplan.eu & openstreetmap for the map and data in this document.


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