With regret, due to the serious shortfall in the water supply, we are having to bring forward the temporary closure of a large section of the Rochdale Canal with immediate effect as the hot, dry weather continues. Even if there is some welcome rainfall this weekend it is unlikely to make any immediate difference to the Canal water levels in the short term.
The temporary closure between locks 1 and 48 (from Sowerby Bridge to Littleborough) was due to take effect from Monday 6 August; however in practice, with water supplies continuing to decline, we can no longer support anything other than very local boat traffic in this section. The closure will also now include the stretch between locks 6 and 19 which we had originally planned to keep open under restriction for a period each day. We appreciate that the boats moored between Locks 6-19 require access to boating facilities. To support this we will be operating a booking system 7 days a week between 12pm and 2pm, this is to conserve water and maintain levels. We will allow two boats per day.
Should water supplies increases we will be able to review the number of boats we can assist through this section. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance, weekend bookings must be made by no later than 4:00pm on Fridays.
All bookings are subject to change due to water levels. This booking system is only to allow our customers to get access to boating facilities at Hebden bridge below lock 9.
To make a booking please call our Red Bull office on 0303 0404 040