Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Journey – Rochdale Canal

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Journey - Rochdale Canal

£ 55

Todmorden, UK

Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 12
Todmorden, UK
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
Start time(s): 09:00
Duration: 7 hours
£ 55

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a serene stand-up paddleboarding journey on the picturesque Rochdale Canal. Glide through historic mill towns nestled amidst the majestic Pennines. 

Key Details

  • Location: Rochdale Canal
  • Duration: 9:00-4:30
  • Age Limit: 12+ (children accompanied by an adult; under 12s paddle free with a paying parent/guardian)
  • Route: Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge
  • Available Slots: 10 participants maximum, with 8 boards available for hire

Key Skills

  • Tips on paddling efficiency, balancing, maneuvering, and portaging
  • Safety and navigation on the canal
  • Appreciation for nature and historical sites

What to Expect

We’ll meet at Lever Street Car Park in Todmorden and begin with an overview of SUP experience and a quick safety briefing before kitting up and getting on the water. 

Next, embark on a guided journey, navigating through three of the notable mill towns of the Rochdale Canal, taking in their historical significance. The route offers a glimpse into both the nature and architecture of the region.

In the morning, we’ll focus on sharpening your paddle boarding skills and perfecting how to portage the many locks we will encounter.

We aim to reach Hebden Bridge for around midday and will stop for a spot of lunch in the park, there are toilets and cafés a plenty here for those warm beverages or even warmer food and snacks. 

In the afternoon, we’ll paddle towards Sowerby Bridge, enjoying the widening valleys, taking in the scenic views and spotting wildlife. The trip concludes with a shared taxi ride back to the starting point.


Rochdale Canal, offering a glimpse of the enchanting mill towns of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, set against the backdrop of the Pennines. 


  • Basic stamina and a bit of prior paddleboarding experience preferable – this is a full day of paddleboarding and a lot of lock portages.
  • Beginners aged 12 and up are welcome, with coaching provided where necessary.
  • Under 18s must be with a participating parent/guardian.
  • Under 12s can join free but must share a board with a paying adult.
  • The journey requires a minimum of 4 participants to commence.

Extra Information

  • There is free parking available at 9 Oxford Street and Dale Street in Todmorden if you would prefer not to spend 60p per hour parking at Lever Street Car Park, however, there are limited spaces, and they fill quickly. We recommend allowing time before the meeting time to drive around to find a decent spot if these two free car parks are full. Other convenient car parks are: 9 Oxford Street Carpark, Todmorden; Dale Street Free Parking, Todmorden; Lever Street Car Park, Todmordem; and Tuel Lane Parking, Sowerby Bridge.
  • There are no toilets available at any of the car parks we are using for this trip. The nearest public toilets in Todmorden are at the Morrisons superstore and in Sowerby Bridge there may be toilets in the Lidl opposite. There will be little to no toilet facilities along the journey either, apart from at lunchtime, so plan your toilet trips accordingly!

Why Choose Us?

Rooted in Yorkshire, we bring the world of outdoor adventures right to your feet, be it on rugged mountains or gentle waterways. Our commitment? Ensuring you enjoy every moment, learn in a safe environment, and leave with memories that last a lifetime. Let the landscapes of the UK be your playground, and allow us to be your trusted guides.

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What's Included:

  • Professional SUP instruction
  • A guided tour of the Rochdale Canal's scenic spots
  • Shared taxi ride back to the starting point

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to the starting point
  • Paddle board and personal paddling equipment (board hire is available)
  • Lunch - but we'll recommend the best spots, or you can bring a picnic if you'd like!

Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 6 and above: 30% discount



Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 6 and above: 30% discount

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend a bit of prior experience before choosing to take part in this adventure, as it requires the stamina to paddle for the full day. We do have taster sessions and practice sessions available at the bottom of this page if you would like to book onto one of these beforehand.

Absolutely! Children can participate, but will need an adult to participate with them.

Smaller children and under 12’s are welcome Free to join as well, but must share the board of their parent/guardian as they will likely struggle with the distance. Please let us know in you’re booking if you plan to bring an under 12 along so we can provide adequate safety equipment and spare paddles where necessary.

Comfortable quick-drying athletic wear is ideal, along with trainers you don’t mind getting wet, but mainly dress for the weather with waterproofs and spare warm layers on hand for if/when you need them. Remember to bring a change of clothes for after the session, just in case!

We don’t currently offer wetsuits, but you are welcome to bring one if you would be most comfortable that way.

If you do not have your own personal paddling equipment yet but would still like to come along then opt for board hire when booking. Hire includes all necessary SUP equipment, including the paddle board and buoyancy aids.

Safety is our priority. If weather conditions are deemed unsafe, we will reschedule your session or offer a refund. However, a bit of wind and rain won’t stop us!

Definitely! We cater to individual bookings as well as group outings and team-building events. Just let us know about the needs of your group, and we will tailor the session to you.

You must be comfortable with potentially falling off your paddleboard wearing a buoyancy aid, and you should be able to comfortably transition from kneeling to standing. You will enjoy the session with a basic level of fitness, but it is suitable for most! Please just leave us a note on your booking if you are unsure and we are happy to guide you.

Unfortunately, we do not provide flotation devices for dogs at this stage and we would not feel comfortable putting your pet at risk. If you are a beginner, we definitely do not recommend bringing your dog as a dog constantly moving around on the board will make the challenge even harder to start with. If you really want to ‘SUP with your Pup’ then that can be arranged for a private booking or come to one of longer day trips intended for intermediate paddlers, however you will be required to provide your own doggy flotation device. Please let us know in the comments on your booking if you are hoping to bring your dog along, and we will discuss how we can accommodate this.

Although we anticipate that you will get wet on this activity, we try to avoid purposeful immersion in the water where at all possible. Canals are also notoriously unpredictable underwater with rubble and debris from the industrial days to shopping trolleys and push bikes thrown in by local youths, also cold-water shock and hypothermia are real problems we want to avoid.

Barefoot gives the best connection with the board that you could ever want however, we do not know what is lurking under the surface and we would like to keep you as protected as possible. In our experience it is much nicer to walk across the gravel towpaths alongside the canals with proper footwear than barefoot anyday.

Extras / Options

If you do not yet own your own board but still would like to join us on this journey then add Paddle-board hire to your order.

Hire includes everything we need to get you on the water alongside essential safety equipment:

  • Paddle board
  • Paddle
  • Quick release leash
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Helmet (if under 18)
  • Dry-bag for your essentials
  • Waterways access licence.

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  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


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  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


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  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts