Leaving the Caldon

We left Cheddleton on Tuesday and made our way back to the T&M before the Easter holidays begin. On the way through one of the low bridges caught us out and we nearly had a solar panel disaster. Luckily Charlie managed to stop and sort it out. One if the brackets is now bent but otherwise all ok. We moored at Endon after filling with water etc as the visitor moorings were clear this time. We stopped at Milton for shopping and I managed to get a haircut (just as well as it was getting long), then proceeded to Etruria to the junction with the T&M. Another sanitary station stop at Etruria then we made our way along the T&M to Westport Lake.DSCF6020

We passed many pottery buildings along the way. Not a very attractive  area but full of industrial history. Some buildings had fallen into disrepair and looked very unsafe.DSCF6015

There are also some different shaped kilns along this stretch. Middleport pottery is still in production, with cafe alongside the canal, a visitor centre and factory shop. When we moored st Westport lake the cheese boat passed. We couldn’t miss the opportunity for some lovely cheese(we have bought from them before). 3 truckles of cheese and 2 chutneys later they moved on.DSCF6021

Today is Saturday and it has been raining all morning. Time for baking! Managed to make 2 loaves of bread and some caraway biscuits that went very well with a little aforementioned cheese and chutney. After lunch we walked around Westport Lake as the sun was shining, the oatcake boat had moored by the lake. Luckily I had no cash to buy any. Oatcakes being a Staffordshire delicacy and looking like a pancake rather than the oatcakes we know. We then walked along the towpath to the portal of the Harecastle Tunnel. This is our next experience (if you can call it that). Looks like we will have to remove our topbox first though due to the gradient of the tunnel roof. I will let you know how we get on after we have done it.


And to finish today’s blog some pretty miniature spring daffodils.DSCF6026










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