The canal towpaths are popular walking and cycling routes, linking several of the town’s green spaces, including Hanley Park, Forest Park, Festival Park and Westport Lake. Hanley Park is an elegant Victorian Park with a lake, fountains and sports facilities. Westport Lake is a nature reserve, and a great place to spot all kinds of water birds.
Stoke-on-Trent was once the centre of the potteries industry, with manufacturers including the famous Josiah Wedgwood producing delicate and beautiful ceramics. The canals were built to serve the potteries, and there is still plenty of evidence of this history in the Etruria district. The Etruria Industrial Museum is a steam-powered Etruscan bone and flint mill, built in 1857 to grind materials for the agricultural and pottery industries. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery explores the history of this fascinating industry.