Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Through Stoke-on-Trent To Barlaston

A Bottle Kiln

A Derelict Pottery

Ben and I enjoyed a lovely walk around Longport Lake before we left this morning. I enjoyed our cruise through Stoke as it's like a step back in time as you imagine what the derelict buildings looked like in their hey day. There's the derelict potteries with their bottle shaped kilns and some working potteries still working. New office blocks have sprung up amongst the derelict buildings. The large expanse of land which was Shelton Steel Works is just sitting there waiting to be put to good use. You can now the course of the Burslem Branch which used to join the Trent and Mersey Canal as the vegetation has all been cut to make it visible.

At Etruria Junction the Caldon Canal is to the left but we climbed down the five Stoke Locks which were very busy with boats going up and down. It was a good chance to chat to other boaters as we helped each other through the flight of locks. The top lock now has a handcuff lock which is a new addition since we last came this way. The water levels are now much better and we finally moored up near Barlaston on our own until the mooring filled up with three more boats.

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