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Rochdale Canal Loop via Middleton and Failsworth Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameRochdale Canal Loop via Middleton and Failsworth
Distance : miles (km)17.32  (27.87)
Posted ByN Edwards
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionGreater Manchester
Start LocationRochdale Road (A664)
End LocationRochdale Road (A664)
Cycle Steps
For this route I make my way from Blackley to Alan Turing Way where you can join Rochdale Canal. Be careful that you join the canal closest to Oldham Rd as the other one is Ashton Canal and that leads to a dead end in Droylesden.

You could even join Rochdale Canal in central Manchester if you wish to make the route longer. I followed the canal up to Stakehill industrial estate in Rochdale and then joined Rochdale Rd and followed it into Middleton and onto Manchester Old Rd through the Rhodes area towards Heaton Park.

Turn left down Blackley Old Rd and once you hit Blackley village if you Live in Blackley continue the route until you reach your own house.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
As a special note I would recommend that you use a mountain bike as the route along the canal can be quite bumpy. Even better use a sprung seat and front suspension.

Heaton Park

Your comments?
posted by:AndreaRating : difficult :
We did a bit of this route (from OLDHAM RD near Moston to just past Rose of Lancaster and back with Moston Cycling Club. I loved it. It was such a gorgeous day of late spring. Lots of beautiful plants and goslings and ducklings. I am so new to riding and felt it was really manageable.

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