Tuel Lane Lock

Tuel Lane Lock is a canal lock, situated on the Rochdale Canal in Sowerby Bridge. With a fall of 19 feet 8+1⁄2 inches (6 m), it is the deepest lock in the United Kingdom.


During the time when the Rochdale Canal was abandoned, parts of the original line in Sowerby Bridge were filled in for a road widening scheme. In order to restore the canal, a tunnel was built under the road and a single deep lock provided upstream of, and in place of the former locks 3 and 4.


Due to its extreme depth, boater operation of this lock is not permitted. Passage is controlled by a lock keeper.

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