|You virtually pass below the railway waiting shelter.|
It would have been great if the Churnet Valley railway had been running today, as it parallels the canal for quite a while, but it was a "no trains" day on the timetable - well at least we got to sample it yesterday!
|We fail the tunnel heigh test fairly convincingly!|
|Plenty of room!|
|That's me at the back!|
|There was less smile once I had inspected the paintwork.|
|Winding at the limit of navigation.|
|Working back up the single restored lock of the Uttoxeter Canal.|
|Return trip through Froghall tunnel.|
|Water wheels at Cheddleton Flint Mill.|
|Where the flint is ground - not sure if it has a special name!|
|Chalice waits on the wharf.|
|The mill site from the wharf.|
|Curious water-spout at a paddle in the Hazlehurst flight.|
We then carried on to Hazelhurst, and up the locks to the summit locks to the summit, where the Leel branch joins, and our next planned part of the journey. A very tight 180 degree turn found us on one of the shallowest canals Chalice has yet to visit, and the first mile or so were very slow, whilst we learnt that it really was a case where more than minimal use of power started to work against you. The first part has lots of moored boats - quite a contrast from the Caldon, but once past these, it also got generally a bit deeper, and progress improved.
|Turning from the Caldon branch on to the Leek branch at Hazlehurst.|
|On the very tranquil but often shallow Leek Branch.|
You are not near Leek at this point, just near an industrial estate on its outskirts. An uninspiring but longish walk found us at a large Morrisons, where Cath and I loaded up with as much essential groceries as we felt reasonably able to carry back to the boat. The mooring spot however was rural, and very pleasant.
Consall Forge to Froghall Basin (Uttoxeter Canal) and back to Leek
Miles: 13.0, Locks: 11
Total Miles: 169.1, Total Locks: 103