But we weren’t expecting to today. We had planned to moor along the route and get here another day, but the moorings weren’t very good on route. It was either too narrow, overgrown, too shallow or taken by moorers with permits. The pictures that follow show a snippet of our journey today. We have ended up on 24hr moorings at Froghall.
The first lock at Hazlehurst junction, a sharp turn right from the Leek arm onto the Caldon.
Hazlehurst aqueduct that carries the Leek arm above.
Cheddleton Flint mill. A visitor attraction that doesn’t open until Easter.
Winding our way along the Caldon on one of the many bends. This stretch amalgamates with the River Churnet for about a mile.
Remains of kilns
This is Consall station on the Churnet valley railway. Canal passes alongside and also underneath some of the station buildings. This is a preserved railway with steam and diesel loco’s. We hope to get a steam train on Sunday to sample the delights of the line, as it has the name of “Little Switzerland”.
This excavation has been in the news locally recently, as it is an abandoned lock, found quite accidentally. This is next to Flint Mill lock, which has a loading gauge to check if the boat would get through the Froghall tunnel.
As you can see we are too big for the tunnel, but we knew that already.
Just to show how narrow the canal is in places along this stretch. We are glad not to meet any other boats. We have been told we are the first to pass this way after the winter. There are many moored boats, but apart from some working boats nothing moving yet.