When you travel around the Pennines you are never far away from water. This is one of the features I love about living on the backbone of England. The presence of water brings life that is teaming with activity.
One particular water infrastructure that dominates the region are three canals which cross the Pennines. All are linked on the Yorkshire side by river navigations each with glorious views.To the north there is The Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This trans-Pennine canal winds its way through a scenic journey through cities to the edge of the Dales. In the middle we have the Rochdale Canal which opened after its restoration in 2002. Finally there is the Huddersfield Canal to the south that was re-opened in 2001. Each was built two centuries ago to bring industry and prosperity across the hills.
Many people dream of living along the edge of a picturesque canal and the opportunity doesn’t come up often. However I spotted this recent article in the Guardian highlighting the sale of a lock-keepers property on the Rochdale Canal. I’m sure whoever buys the former lock-keepers lodge they will thoroughly enjoy the view and tranquillity.