River Roch and Bridge

The river from which Rochdale takes its name was polluted during the Industrial Revolution and eventually covered over to accommodate trams and pedestrianised areas.

In recent years, it has been spectacularly re-opened and regenerated as part of major improvements to the town centre. The opening of the river in 2016 has led to an increase in the wildlife that has been spotted. Brown trout, bullhead fish, herons, wagtails and kingfishers have all been seen on this stretch of river in the very heart of town.