Rochdale Canal Journey Begins

On 21st July, Elland set off from Castlefield on a journey over the Rochdale Canal, the first stage of which included the section of canal running alongside Canal Street in Manchester.

The Waterways Trust supported the Horseboating Society in getting Manchester City Council to remove all tables and chairs off the towpath in Canal Street, Manchester so Bilbo could have a free passage to pull Elland up the Rochdale Nine during the Rochdale Canal Festival 2010.

However, note the posts which the council are refusing to remove which interfere with towline use. The posts have tiny notices at the top, warning people not to climb the new high railings!

This was probably the first time in ten years that a horse-drawn boat has had unblocked passage on the towpath of Canal Street, usually totally taken over by cafe and bar furniture. Thank you, TWT, for your support.

Canal Street Photo: Keith Hallam

Canal Street Photo: Keith Hallam

Lock 86 Photo: Keith Hallam

Piccadilly Lock Photo: Keith Hallam

A selection of photographs taken on the journey so far can be seen here in our Photo Gallery.

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