Head along to Meaford Lock 31 Open Weekend and meet our experts where you will find out more about this busy four-lock flight, and enjoy a range of activities we have throughout the site over the weekend.
The open weekend here promises to be a great few day's out, with a range of activities on offer for everyone to enjoy. The show-stopper will be the opportunity to get beneath the water line and walk in the drained lock chamber, with our team of experts on hand to answer your questions, as well as explaining about the techniques used to repair this lock, and showing all the weird and wonderful items found in the lock when it was drained of water.
The Trent & Mersey canal was opened in 1777 and is 93 miles long with 76 locks, it runs from Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook. This canal also links the rivers Trent and Mersey and has junctions with many other canals including the River Weaver via the Anderton boat lift, which then joins the Manchester Ship Canal.
We will be replacing the bottom gates at lock 31 on the Meaford flight of the Trent & Mersey Canal near Stone. This is a busy four-lock flight and the bottom lock gates have come to the end of their life, replacing them will ensure the 5,000 plus boats who go through it every year can continue to do so.
"Please do come along and support us by visiting the open day, we want as many people as possible to come along and learn about the expert works we’ve undertaken here and what it takes for us to maintain the Trent & Mersey Canal in this area." Ged King, regional construction manager
Please wear sensible footwear i.e. trainers or flat shoes. Dogs are welcome but will not be allowed in the locks. There will be a space to leave bikes and buggies. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to go in the locks. Unfortunately, the lock is not suitable for wheelchairs.