23rd - 29th October 2020 6 nights)
From: Etruria industrial Museum
To: Etruria industrial Museum
VIA - The Caldon Canal
(Leek and Froghall Branches)
Churnet Valley Railway,
Due to a few overseas cancellations (think Covid 19), we've been able to move the previous couple of cruises forward a few weeks and now have the opportunity to explore the Caldon canal for our final Autumn trips.... this being the only GOOD thing (for us) to come of the bizarre year the whole world has been going through.
As our previous trip ends in Etruria, we'll have taken a brief cruise up to Westport Lake (walking distance to a supermarket) to re-stock the boat and will be back at Etruria Industrial Museum ready for departure around 1.30p on the 23rd October.
We'll aim to get a few miles under our belts this first night - passing through the less salubrious beginnings of the Caldon canal before we tie up for the evening.
We were last here in Spring 2018 and it will be lovely to explore again - this time, with leaves on the trees beginning their Autumn colours. Hopefully, life will be back to some kind of normal with Flint Mill being open and perhaps the Churnet Valley Railway and pubs available again... if not, we'll make the best of it anyway.
Our plan will be to go up to Leek terminus first so our guests can explore on foot if they like and then head back down to Hazleurst Junction and make our way down to Froghall.
Ellis is a bit too high to fit through the tunnel to the basin but it's only a short walk on foot. to the Lime-kilns and we'll back the boat up once we've winded.
As for overnight mooring spots, we'll look at the map as we chug along and decide upon the best places to tie up dependent on the weather conditions and depth - from memory, it was quite shallow in places.
We'll aim to spend our final night moored back on the Trent and Mersey mainline near Etruria - so we can perhaps have a visit to "The Holy Inadequate" ... surely the best pub name ever!
Assuming we've not partaken of TOO many libations at the aforementioned establishment, we'll say goodbye to our guests after breakfast on the 29th.
The Caldon Canal
(Etruria - Etruria)