Trent and Mersey Canal
9 to 11 June 2010
A thoughtful Sarah at the tiller as Stephen looks on.
A slight accident at Trentham lock resulted in the anti-vandal key
falling in the canal. Despite extensive prodding with the boathook, the
precise location couldn't be identified with certainty, and a large
magnet loaned from a passing boat brought no joy, either. A trip to the
chandler's in Stone was clearly needed.
We stopped at Wedgwood for a trip to the Wedgwood Visitor Centre, where
Lucy throws a pot
As does Mary
The Wedgwood factory from the canal
Above Stone, the reeds to the right show the route where a
triple-staircase lock used to go, subsequently replaced with three
single locks which are less wasteful of water and less prone to causing
delays during heavy traffic.
Half-way along the Trent and Mersey Canal, between its junctions with
the River Trent and the Bridgewater Canal.
This swan was very persistent, following the boat for several miles, and
Safely moored at Stone after an excellent Italian meal at La Dolce Vita
Climbing back up the Trent and Mersey, and the end is sadly in sight.
We do at least, at last, have some sunshine for our last afternoon,
though it is breezy and chilly.
A CrossCountry Voyager crosses the canal as we ascend the Stoke Locks.
A couple more preserved bottle kilns, now sandwiched between blocks of
There's still quite a lot of derelict buildings in Stoke, but each time
there are fewer, and more waterside flats and compact houses.
Last lock, with a cheerful Merry, Helen and Stephen
As we are now experienced at going backwards, we reverse a short way up
the Caldon Canal to fill up with water, and decide that it is a pleasant
place to stop for our final night
...which involves an exercise in levitation
Jane exuding light thoughts
Success was mixed
Fingers are strong things.
Sausage and mash, levitation, Rapidough and a glass of two of wine ended
a fun week, despite unexciting weather.