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17th -25th October 2018 (8 nights)
From: Marple (Macclesfield Canal)
To: Wolverhampton (Staffs and Worcs Canal)
Travelling on: Macclesfield, Trent & Mersey and Staffs & Worcs.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hovis Mill,
Great Haywood Junction.
Marple - Wolverhampton
After a couple of days loafing around in Marple, we’ll welcome our new guests on board at Marple Junction, and we’ll begin the next leg of our journey. We’re on the Macclesfield Canal now, travelling through green and hilly countryside and over a couple of small aqueducts(and the Hovis Mill) before we moor for the night around Macclesfield.
Next morning, we’ll continue onwards through more pleasant scenary with another aqueduct and Bostley Locks before mooring for the day around Buglawton.
As we continue, we’ll leave Macclesfield to joining the Trent and Mersey Canal, turning left. Soon to follow as are more rural landscapes and then Harecastle Tunnel (2926 yards) as we approach our next stopping point of Tunstall. Assuming the skipper has tolerated Harecastle Tunnel ok, we’ll continue through Stoke on Trent –you’ll note the scenery has changed, with signs of the pottery industry of times gone by , still easily recognisable . We’ll transverse another aqueduct and the Stoke Flight of locks as we make our way through more built up areas before we approach Barlaston – where we’ll moor for the day to allow a visit to the Wedgewood Visitor Centre.
Leaving Barlaston, we head through Meaford lock flight (which replaces an earlier staircase of 3 – the remains of which can still be seen) then passing through Stone we approach Aston Lock and can see the 100 year old tower of Aston Church. A couple more locks are in our path before we arrive at Great Haywood for the evening.
The following morning, we turn right at Great Haywood Junction, on to the Staffs and Worcs canal, crossing a couple of aqueducts and one lock as we arrive in the urban (but peaceful) village of Acton Trussel…. Where we’ll try and moor to avoid too much noise from the M6.
On our final full day, we leave Acton Trussel and head under the M6 and through around 10 locks. We can tell this is an old canal because it twists and turns as it makes it’s way towards Wolverhampton. A very narrow cutting appears as we enter the conurbation but the locks are generally very attractive so we end our cruise here and our guests can leave the following morning at Autherley Junction – close to Oxley.