Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Friday, 16 September 2011

Up in the hills

Thursday morning bright and sunny, as we took another look around Todmorden.  The parish church in the centre of the village set up above the road had a very welcoming atmosphere.
The interior is light, modern and attractive.

Todmorden is the start of the new Paulinus Way, a pilgrimage route to York. Paulinus was a 6th century monk and the new trail follows his footsteps across the ancient Northumbria.
Leaving Todmorden town the canal moves along beside the 'Great Wall of Tod' an embankment to keep t' railway out t' cut.
The Gauxholme Railway bridge with heather covered hills behind.
Looking behind and the heather shows up better in the sunshine. 
Rows of terraced houses end on to the canal, here the backs of two rows with the washing hanging between.  
We stopped at Walsden and wandered into the hills to feel the air, enjoy the space and marvel at the views on this beautiful, clear day.
The view from our front doors as we moored up last night.
2 miles, 12 locks
Today we moved up to Lock 36 and the summit of the Rochdale Canal, we are booked to go through at 8.30am tomorrow. We took a walk over Summit (the village) via the hills again, looking back to the lock with Tacet moored below.
From the top of the hill looking down to Summit along the three quarter mile summit pound.
A cloudy day today and as we returned to the boat we had a heavy shower so glad we were in the dry. Maybe light the fire again later.
The Rochdale is only 32 miles long but has an average of 3 locks per mile. They are wide locks with very heavy paddle gear (more often than not 1 not working) making it slow progress. 
1 mile, 5 locks

1 comment:

  1. What a spectacular landscape! I love the moors. They are so open and fresh and free.