Churnet Valley railway Bridge 50 of The Caldon CanalThis is an excellent mid­week 4 night break. First cruise down the pretty Macclesfield Canal to Kidsgrove Junction, where you meet the Trent & Mersey Canal, here you will find the extraordinary Harecastle Tunnel(3000 yards in length) which is ventilated by a giant fan.

    Passing through the tunnel you will pass through our famous ‘Potteries’ ­ so­ called due to the area’s fame for pottery manufacture ever since the industrial revolution. Just after Stoke On Trent, turn left onto the peaceful and scenic Caldon Canal, with just a few locks on the way to it’s end at Froghall Wharf… Here you can get off the boat and if you wish to, you can take a taxi to Alton Towers, which is very close by and spend a day there (an excellent idea if you have children with you). There is also a 2 mile diversion to explore the lock free Leek Branch of the canal.

    The Caldon Canal is 33 miles / 16 locks each way / approx. 22 hours return