Monday, June 03, 2013

Locking In Sunshine- Stone To Barlaston

Our basket of flowers from Great Haywood Farm Shop

Approaching the first lock of the Meaford flight

Meaford Lock pound

My other half helping at the locks
Today we decided to move onwards and upwards to Barlaston. The CART man clocked us this morning as he passed on his bike but we hadn't overstayed anyway. We've enjoyed our stay at Stone, yesterday there was a raft race and a car boot sale and today a fair is being set up in the park so perhaps moving on really was a good idea if peace and quiet was required.
Eight locks to work through as well a  stop to fill up with water and do the cassettes, so it was three o'clock before we moored up. Some of the locks had to be emptied to use as there was little boat traffic. At one lock in the Meaford flight we were asked to wait by a pair of boats, a boat and it's butty while they locked down both boats otherwise they would need to bow haul the motor less butty.
From Meaford Top Lock to Barlaston the towpath is closed with contractors giving it a new hard surface ready for the bikers! We haven't been up the Trent and Mersey Canal in the last six years so we decided to give it a try and visit the Caldon territory for us.The sun is still shining this Summer?

1 comment:

Adam said...

We loved the Caldon when we did it a few years ago. Don't be put off by the first bit which is still in Stoke -- it's really lovely once you're back out in the country. Consall Forge is very atmospheric, and the Leek arm is great. Hope you enjoy it.