Narrowboat Hire – Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation

Hiring a boat to cross the Rochdale Canal is wonderful journey for energetic boaters, especially as part of a ‘Pennine Ring’. To climb the valleys on each side of magnificent rounded slopes of the Pennine moors the canal, railways and roads all pack tightly together into the narrow valleys.

  • The Rochdale Canal links Lancashire to Yorkshire and Leeds, via the 23 mile Calder and Hebble Navigation.
  • 92 broad locks in just 33 miles, including Tuel Lane Lock, the deepest in the UK. What more could a hire boat crew want?
  • Amazing Pennine scenery, valleys, mills, stone built towns all the way from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge.
  • Squeeze along crowded Pennine valleys filled with houses, industry, roads, river, canal and George Stephenson’s Manchester to Leeds Railway.
  • Explore Hebden Bridge, ‘the Glastonbury of the North’, filled with artists and musicians and interesting shops.
  • Choice of 2 circular Pennine routes via the Huddersfield Narrow Canal or the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, hire a boat for two or three weeks at least. A handspike is need to operate locks on the Calder & Hebble.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation

Shire Cruisers

Shire Cruisers operate from a picturesque basin on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. As well as the interesting Yorkshire waterways you can explore the recently restored Rochdale Canal.

The Boat Co North

The Boat Co North have 4 beautifully individual boats for unforgettable holidays. Being based in Leeds at the epicentre of the Yorkshire waterways you can explore the countryside and vibrant cities all enriched by navigating the history and heritage of our fantastic canals and rivers.

Canal Rings

There are two circular cross Pennine Canal Rings which include the Rochdale Canal. The shorter South Pennine Ring forms a loop with the Ashton Canal and Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It has over 180 locks and allow at least 2 weeks. The North Pennine Ring is longer and includes the Calder and Hebble, Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Bridgewater Canal, allow at least 3 weeks.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Rochdale Canal & Calder & Hebble Navigation.

More Northern hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Aire and Calder Navigation

The Boat Co North
Castleton Mill, Castleton Close, Leeds LS12 2DS.
07710 863124

Calder & Hebble

Shire Cruisers
The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AG.
01422 832712

Rochdale Canal

Bronte Boats
New Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD.

Day Hire

Bronte Boats
New Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD.

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