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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Caldon Canal takes you from Stoke-on-Trent to picturesque Staffordshire and the Churnet Valley.
5th Mar 2018 8:00am to 5th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Third Party Contractors will be in the canal, to carry out an inspection of the structure of the railway bridge and take depth readings. All boat traffic should slow down, approach the bridge with caution...
15th Jan 2018 8:00am to 9th Mar 2018 5:00pm
Third party contractors will be carrying out repairs to bridges 5A and 5B at Hanley Park. Access will be via temporary scaffolds and a pontoon in the waterway.
22nd Jan 2018 7:30am to 2nd Mar 2018 5:00pm
Third party contractors will be carrying out maintenance to pipe bridges over the canal. The canal and towpath will be restricted due to the use of temporary scaffolds.
19th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
To undertake repairs to the walkway. .
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 6:00pm
To undertake bridge deck replacement. A towpath diversion will be available.
We offer a comprehensive engineering service for narrowboats and cruisers covering breakdowns, routine servicing, engine, gas, plumbing and electrical repairs. Boat Safety Scheme examinations including...
We sell a wide selection of interesting antique and collectible items with an emphasis on nautical, wooden and canal bygones. We always have a selection of Meashamware teapots available!
"Joshua" is a 35 ft day hire narrow boat which can take up to 10 people for self drive day trips.
Leek BranchBridge 5 New Springs to Leek Tunnel
Bridge 12 Ivy House Bucknall Road to Bridge 13 Cromer Road
Bridge 49 Black Lion Foot to Bridge 54 Ipstones Road
Leek Tunnel to canal terminus
Hazlehurst Junction to Bridge 5 New Springs
Bridge 13 Cromer Road to Bridge 15 Birches Head Lane
Bridge 15 Birches Head Lane to Bridge 47 Willow Cottage
Bridge 5 to Bridge 12 Ivy House Bucknall Road
Bridge 47 Willow Cottage to 600m past Bridge 48
Bridge 54 Ipstones Road to canal terminus
Bridge 2 to Bridge 5 Victoria
The canal was built to carry limestone for the iron industry and flints for the pottery industry. It is still steeped in history, with fascinating industrial buildings visible along the Stoke section. Further along, you may see a steam train chugging along where the Churnet Valley Railway passes close to the canal.
The outstanding scenery along the route means there is lots to see for boaters, walkers and cyclists. The unusually low Froghall Tunnel may be a challenge for boaters, but beyond it, you will be rewarded by arriving at the tranquil and secluded Froghall Wharf.
The Uttoxeter branch of the canal is derelict, but the first lock and basin at Froghall have been restored and re-opened in 2005. The Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust is a passionate local group, working to preserve and restore both waterways.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway
Consall Forge is a pretty hamlet in the Churnet Valley, boasting a river, a canal and a steam railway. You can download our free guide to a great family day out at Consall Forge.
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The Caldon Canal opened in 1779 to carry Peak District limestone, from the quarries at Cauldon Low, down to the Potteries and the industrial Midlands. A short branch was built 18 years later connceting the Caldon with the town of Leek. Another branch extended the navigation to Uttoxeter but this lasted only until 1845 when it was closed and replaced with a railway line.
Freight traffic deserted the Caldon shortly after the construction of a parallel railway line and the canal became virtually unnavigable by the 1960s. Enthusiasts were justifiably vocal in clamouring for its restoration and it was brought back into use in 1974.
The Uttoxeter Branch still lies derelict but work has recently started on rebuilding the very first lock. Similarly, the final mile of the Leek Branch is no longer navigable, but plans are now being hatched to restore navigation across a surviving aqueduct further towards the town.
The canal in Stoke hosted one of the last commercial narrowboat runs - albeit a rather unusual one! Narrowboats were used to transport pottery across the water, from one part of a factory to another. At the time, road transport was ruled out as too bumpy, likely to cause the pottery to break. The traffic finished in the 1990s.
Waterways in Manchester, Pennine & Potteries
Find out what's taking place on and around the canals and rivers in the Manchester, Pennine & Potteries region