Staffordshire: the canal county

With 154 miles of canals to explore it’s no wonder Staffordshire is affectionally known as the ‘canal county’.

New Stoke signs: Simon Papprill and Cllr J Alistair cyclist New Stoke signs: Simon Papprill and Cllr J Alistair cyclist

Part of our West Midlands region, Staffordshire is home to the following waterways:

Living in towns or cities such as Stoke-on-Trent means that local people are never more than a short drive or leisurely stroll from their local canal.


If you're seeking the perfect commuter route in Stoke then look out for the dozen or so finger posts and detailed information boards that Stoke City Council has helped us install at key junctions and locations along the Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals. The bright modern signboards feature maps, nearby attractions and landmarks, aimed at helping visitors and local residents to rediscover new ways of moving around the city and along the waterways.

Caldon Canal new solar lights in the towpath Caldon Canal new solar lights in the towpath

Hundreds of new solar lights on Stoke’s busiest canal towpaths have recently been added which means you can still enjoy your regular evening exercise along the waterway routes at twilight. Covering nearly five miles, the lights are on the Caldon Canal, around Hanley Park and Westport Lake, and the Trent & Mersey Canal, from Middleport down to Trentham. Charged by the sun, the lights will automatically switch on when darkness falls.


The Trent & Mersey Canal runs right through the heart of the town hence why Stone is locally known as ‘Canal Town’.

Staffordshire County Council have recently helped us to upgrade the towpath from Meaford to Stone meaning that local people now have a lovely new place to enjoy some lunchtime leisure. The upgraded section is for just over a mile and forms part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and is perfect for careful canal cyclists of all ages.

This new section of towpath links in with a section between Barlaston and Meaford to create a national cycle path between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. 

Last date edited: 2 November 2020