Canal Boat Diaries

Sowerby Bridge to Manchester

Series 1 - Episode 4 Sowerby Bridge to Manchester



Time to hop on board the Naughty Lass again as Robbie Cumming sets off for a gentle potter along the Rochdale Canal. He’s cruising the 32 miles from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester, stopping off at places such as the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge (“a bit above my pay bracket”) en route.

It’s generally a relaxed, almost soporific, journey, although it’s punctuated with “excitement” when the narrow boat gets stranded on a rock between locks and then a fallen tree bough blocks the way. Robbie usually sails solo, but this time his brother Charlie joins him briefly: “Travelling this way is lovely,” says Charlie, “but it’s not a lifestyle I’d choose.”


Robbie Cumming travels along the Rochdale Canal from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester, but disaster strikes when he runs aground.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Robbie Cumming
Executive Producer Tony Parker
Producer Stuart Woodman