There's a fair amount of the towpath currently closed off and very poor signage on the Rochdale Canal in parts. The first indication often is when you get to a closed off section.Personal opinion - feel free to shoot me down! - is that cycling between Leeds and Liverpool entirely on the towpath* is something that you should only do if you're a real completist.
A lot of the towpath, particularly on the edge of the Dales, is pretty rough and there are much more pleasant country lanes as an alternative. You'll have a decent ride towards Leeds, around Blackburn, and on the upgraded section (as part of the Pennine Cycleway) east of Foulridge. But on other sections, such as around Skipton, you'll be jolted to buggery unless you've got a full-sus MTB. There are lots of great rides around there and it seems a shame to settle for one that isn't.
The Rochdale Canal, on the other hand, is brilliant. I've cycled it twice, boated it once, and I still want to go back again.
* except Foulridge, obviously
I forgot about the Shipley-Kirkstall upgrades, by the time of the Op's trip, he'll have very smooth last 10/12 miles. He should check this link for updates.There's a fair amount of the towpath currently closed off and very poor signage on the Rochdale Canal in parts. The first indication often is when you get to a closed off section.
Thanks, we are just planning where to stay overWell I live in Chorley too. I rode from Liverpool to Leeds. In hindsight I would ride from Leeds simply because there is a train from Liverpool to Euxton which just makes getting home easier when you're tired at the end of the ride.
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