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Archive for July 26th, 2015

Boat Blog: Rochdale Photoblog 2

Posted by indigodream on 26 July, 2015

These photos are from the 25th May (day 8 of the Odyssey)…

Imposing old mill buildings wit that sooty deposit ont he walls - hard to imagine the industry that caused that level of pollution now...

Imposing old mill buildings with that sooty deposit on the walls – hard to imagine the industry that caused that level of pollution now…

Watch out for these signs - subsidence has narrowed some of these locks so that two boat cannot share -the narrowing is not obvous so best not to chance it!

Watch out for these signs – subsidence has narrowed some of these locks so that two boats cannot share -the narrowing is not obvious so best not to chance it!

These regular mounds lok like old spoil heaps - once a familiar sight in South Wales but rapidly being overtaken by development and landscaping.

These regular mounds look like old spoil heaps – once a familiar sight in South Wales but rapidly being overtaken by development and landscaping.

I saw a few of these half-houses - they're very curious - did they but up against a bulding that was demolished or were they built this way?

I saw a few of these half-houses – they’re very curious – did they butt up against a bulding that was demolished or were they built this way?

Hurrah!

Hurrah!

Cruising the summit- but as high as the canal is, the mountains still loom above us....

Cruising the summit- but as high as the canal is, the mountains still loom above us….

Sadly there's not enough water in the summit pound to allow for mooring...

Sadly there’s not enough water in the summit pound to allow for mooring…

Thhe summit weaves it's way through the pass, offering new views at every turn...

The summit weaves its way through the pass, offering new views at every turn…

"Lovely maned" gongoozler :-)

“Lovely maned” gongoozler 🙂

Such an evocative landscape....

Such an evocative landscape….

Aaah, Longlees Lock, it's downhill all the way from now...

Aaah, Longlees Lock, it’s downhill all the way from now…

There are good 48-hour visitor moorings below Longlees Lock - a perfect place to explor the summit by foot (if you have the energy after locking up all that way)....

There are good 48-hour visitor moorings below Longlees Lock – a perfect place to explore the summit by foot (if you have the energy after locking up all that way)….

This is important! It wouldn't pay to get your county wrong....

This is important! It wouldn’t pay to get your county wrong….

The views just got better and better as we locked down from the summit...

The views just got better and better as we locked down from the summit…

A landscape hewn by wind and water...

A landscape hewn by wind and water…

Views....

Views….

Views....

Views….

Views....

Views….

Sooty terrace...

Sooty terrace…

Good advice....

Good advice….

All the water has ended up here for some strange reason - the pounds were overflowing allt he way down to Todmorden...

All the water has ended up here for some strange reason – the pounds were overflowing all the way down to Todmorden…

Dry stone walls....

Dry stone walls….

I places, the canal is far above the vallye floor, which has been carved deep by the fledgling river Calder

In places, the canal is far above the valley floor, which has been carved deep by the fledgling river Calder

Views..

Views..

Although Manchester is miserable, this end of the Rochdale is fabulous - come and visit - it's so worth it...

Although Manchester is miserable, this end of the Rochdale is fabulous – come and visit – it’s so worth it…

Views...

Views…

Views...

Views…

Views...

Views…

Approaching Todmorden...

Approaching Todmorden…

The great wall of Todmorden - a far cry from the meandering dry stone walls on the hills above...

The great wall of Todmorden – a far cry from the meandering dry stone walls on the hills above…

Gullotine lock at Todmorden...

Guillotine lock at Todmorden…

This mural says "welcome to our incredible town" - and Todmeorden IS incredible...

This mural says “welcome to our incredible town” – and Todmorden IS incredible…

An incredible edible herb bed in Todmorden...

An incredible help yourself edible herb bed in Todmorden…

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