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7 - Rugeley to Trentham, Trent and Mersey Canal.

Sunday 28th March 2004

Having been in touch with Robin Nicholson on NB Maple, we were trying to arrange an evening meet. This was supposed to be Stone, so we had a late start at 11:50. It soon became apparent from Robin's now legendary progress that this was not to be, so we got into top gear. Great Hayward Junction was passed at 13:10. We eventually were alerted to the approaching NB Maple by two likely lads on mountain bikes, lock wheeling between Aston and Sandon Locks!!! 
Maple soon shot round the next corner and we stopped stern to stern for a brief chat. In fact Maple got to Bridge 62, Rugeley that night, then to Hawkesbury the next night. We met Nigel on NBDB Ensabee going back up Stone flight to his moorings at Roger Fullers. Out of Stone Flight at 18:15 and carried on enjoying a pleasant evening and the extra hour of daylight. 
18:50 we were at the top of Meaford Flight. Much new twiddley housing development at the bottom of the flight. After a few phone calls we found out that the Plume Of Feathers at Trentham Bridge No 103 was doing food up to 21:00, so we tied up at 19:30, a fair way from the noisy road and level crossing. The Plum Of Feathers was a flop, no hand pumped beer and a "medium" steak that could only be described as cremated.


Colwich Lock No 21 and Bridge No 71. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Colwich Lock No 21 and Bridge No 71. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Essex Bridge No72 A. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Haywood Lock No 22 and Bridge No 73. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Haywood Lock No 22. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Great Haywood Junction. Staffs and Worcs Canal starts here, under towpath bridge. Bridge 74 in the distance. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Great Haywood Junction. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Hoo Mill Lock No 23 and Bridge No 76. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Martin's Wilson and Clark. Hoo Mill Lock No 23. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Weston Lock No 24 and Brinepit Bridge No 79. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Malcolm Braine's Yard in Weston. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Weston Bridge No 80. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Moorings between Weston and Salt. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Salt Bridge No82. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Sandon Lock No 25 and Bridge No 83. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Sandon Lock No 25 and Bridge No 83. The bridge parapet has recently been demolished in a car accident. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Leaving Sandon Lock No 25. Trent and Mersey Canal.


The old Joules Brewery building in Stone. Trent and Mersey Canal


Newcastle Road Lock No 29. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Lime Kiln Lock No 30. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Lime Kiln Lock No 30. Trent and Mersey Canal.


New housing development rather close to Meaford Locks - Meaford House Lock No 32. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Looking back at Meaford Bottom Lock No 31. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Looking down at Meaford House Lock No 32 and Meaford Bottom Lock No 31. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Looking up at Meaford Road Lock No 33. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Looking back at Turnover Bridge No 97 and Meaford House Lock No 33. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Meaford Road Lock No 33 and Meaford Top Lock No 34. Trent and Mersey Canal.


Looking back at Meaford Top Lock No 34. Trent and Mersey Canal.

The Tour Continues...


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