Day 34 – Elland to Elland (via Sowerby Bridge)


The weather looked overcast but not too threatening as we set off after breakfast this morning. However a couple of locks in and the heavens opened. Alex and Bernard managed to protect themselves but Michael was left on the bank with little shelter. The rain worsened so we made one of our rare weather-related stops and tied up for a cup of tea.

The Salterhebble flight of three locks are very picturesque but the area was spoiled by the neighbouring sewage works. The bottom lock has been truncated due to a road widening scheme so the bottom gates have been replaced by a guillotine. It is very slow to operate (electrically).

We soon reached Sowerby Bridge where we were due to meet Luke. We grabbed a bonus canal by ascending the first two normal locks and the combined third and fourth locks of the Rochdale Canal. The combined locks now form the Tuel Lane Deep Lock which is the deepest in Britain. The difference in height is 19ft 8½ins! Access to the lock is via a tunnel, about 100 yards in length, which includes a bend.

Luke arrived just in time for the descent. Alex went shopping and we finally lunched at 4.00pm! Returning to Salterhebble we were joined by another boat and a rapid descent was made of the flight (guillotine lock excepted) and a number of subsequent locks. We returned to last night’s mooring for another stay.

Menu: cooked breakfast, or gluten-free crumpets, or cereal and toast; cold lamb salad; boeuf à la bourguignonne, followed by cheese and port.

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One Response to “Day 34 – Elland to Elland (via Sowerby Bridge)”

  1. Michael's mum Says:

    Great photos….. but where is my bunting?

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