SD8809 : Rochdale Canal, Tunnel Under M62 (Bridge#65b)

taken 6 years ago, 4 km from Heywood, Rochdale, Great Britain

Rochdale Canal, Tunnel Under M62 (Bridge#65b)
Rochdale Canal, Tunnel Under M62 (Bridge#65b)
When the M62 was constructed, the canal was diverted along a new channel, few yards to the east, and this former culvert was made into a tunnel. The towpath now runs on a floating pontoon in the tunnel under the M62 motorway.

The tunnel is just wide enough to allow a narrow boat to pass through with the pontoon in place (LinkExternal link photo). If a wide beam boat arranges to pass through, the pontoon is moved to the layby (behind the camera, north of the tunnel - see SD8809 : Rochdale Canal at Trub) and towpath users need to make quite a long diversion!.

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways Virtual Journey Along The Rochdale Canal
Rochdale Canal
The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.

The canal was opened between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden and from Manchester to Rochdale in 1799 and between Todmorden and Rochdale in 1805. Most of the canal was closed in 1952. Restoration work began in late 1980s and by 1996 the canal was opened to navigation once again between Sowerby Bridge and the summit level. The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.

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Date Taken
Friday, 12 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 12 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Canal (from Tags)
Rochdale Canal 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8836 0985 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.1063N 2:10.6380W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8834 0988
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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