The Pennine Rings

There are three canal routes across the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire, and three Pennine Rings. Even the shortest ring circling the Rochdale Canal and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal has over 180 locks, a strenuous 2 weeks boating. Include the Leeds and Liverpool and plan for at least 3 weeks.


Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge

  • If you are going to hire a boat you will probably hire for 2 weeks to do the the South Pennine Ring, and 3 or 4 weeks for the full Pennine ring. You will also need a fit and eager crew! Some hire firms may offer one way hires which would allow you to do a full ring spread over two holidays.
  • The South Pennine Ring takes the wide locks of the Rochdale Canal up and over the rounded slopes of the Pennine moors to Sowerby Bridge where it joins the Calder and Hebble Navigation. At Cooper Junction the Huddersfield Narrow Canal branches off to the right and takes its short and steep route up and under the moors through Standedge Tunnel on its way to Manchester. Hard work but worth it for the scenery!
  • The full Pennine Ring, sometimes called The Roses Ring, includes a long passage over the hills on the magnificent Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wigan. From Leeds the Aire and Calder, Huddersfield Broad Canal and the Calder and Hebble take you through east Yorkshire and back towards the Pennines. You then have a choice of routes back into Manchester, either the short but steep Huddersfield Narrow Canal or the wide locked longer Rochdale Canal route.
The Pennine Rings Map
The Pennine Rings Map

The Pennine Rings – Junctions, locks and lengths

bullet  Rochdale Canal at Castlefields, Manchester, 9 locks, 1.5 miles to …

bullet  Ashton Canal at Ducie Street Junction, 18 locks, 6 miles to …

bullet  Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Dukinfield Junction, 83 locks, 24 miles

bullet  Or Rochdale Canal at Castlefields, 97 locks, 40 miles to …

bullet  Calder & Hebble at Cooper Junction, 13 locks, 12 miles to …

bullet  Aire & Calder at Castlefields, 5 locks, 10 miles to …

bullet  Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Leeds, 87 locks, 99 miles to …

bullet  Bridgewater Canal at Leigh – 0 locks, 12 miles to Castlefields

Bingley 5 Rise Locks
Bingley 5 Rise Locks

Boat Hire from family firms on or around The Pennine Rings

Canal Boat Cruises

On a Canal Boat Cruises holiday on the Leeds & Liverpool canal there's no rush! Luxury 6 & 8 berth boats based at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side.

Pennine Cruisers

Based in Skipton on the tranquil Leeds Liverpool canal, renown for its spectacular scenery. In addition to weekly hire they offer short breaks, w/e and day hire.

Shire Cruisers

Explore the edge of the Dales, starting on the summit of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Carefully looked-after boats and very thorough lock instruction.

Silsden Boats

Family run Silsden Boats , situated in traditional Yorkshire village on picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 23 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 6 widebeam. All Inclusive, No Extras.

Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats

Ideally situated on the Oxford Canal, just below Banbury at Twyford Wharf.  4-6 berth, well equipped narrowboat available throughout the year.  Expert tuition, ideal family holiday.

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