The Caldon canal is a lovely canal. It is full of surprises, it is quite shallow with lots of twists and turns, as recommended by Mike (he says). We decided to go down the main line towards Froghall tunnel.
This is the aqueduct
This was a typical lock
As we headed downstream we passed the Chedlington Flint Mill, we where to early to go in, so we carried on.
Consall Forge has a steam railway, Mike would have liked to go on for a ride, however he was more eager to go through the tunnel. It was first for all the crew, esp as it is such a low tunnel and not many boats can get through. Also was we approached the last lock it suggested that all boats over 65ft would not fit. However we where determined to carry on. I am not sure how many 70ft have gone through tunnel. I steered her through and Mike steered her out
We tied up at Consall Forge for the night and had dinner at the Black Lion and had a great meal. As a bonus this passed right by the beer garden
Am losing my crew tonight, hopefully Mags will return next week. There is also a chance Sue and Paul will come on Wed and work me off the Caldon.
The plan tomorrow is to go down the Leek arm.
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3 months ago