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Date(s) - 28th September 2017
10:20 am - 5:00 pm
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Stoke Railway Station


A canal tow path walk of 5.5 miles starting from where the canal feeder (from Rudyard Lake) enters the canal at the current terminus of the Leek Branch and then following the branch canal, over Hazelhurst aqueduct, to its junction with the Caldon Canal main line at Hazelhurst Locks. It will then follow the main line past the locks, passing under the aqueduct, to Cheddleton. The history of the changes in the layout of the canal junction and aqueduct at Hazelhurst will be a feature of the walk. The walk is essentially level apart from the walk over Leek Tunnel which involves a well maintained incline of about 100 yards – see photograph below.Walk leaders will be Ruth Shaw and Roger Brice.
Walk notes and maps are available through these links:  Walk Notes (28Sept2017) and  OS Maps: 1879&1924.
A canal-side pub lunch will be available at the Hollybush Inn, Denford. Orders will be taken on arrival at Stoke railway station.

Hazelhurst Aqueduct Looking East

Hazelhurst Junction (Leek Branch to right)

Leek Tunnel (southern portal)

Holly Bush Inn, Denford

Leek Tunnel Footpath (IWA, Nov 2014)

Meet at Stoke Railway Station main entrance hall at 10:20 to travel by bus to the start of the walk. Recommended trains are the 09:35 departure from Manchester Piccadilly (arriving Stoke at 10:11) and the 09:31 departure from Birmingham New Street (arriving Stoke at 10:17). Off peak tickets are valid on both trains. The return bus will be from Cheddleton arriving at Stoke railway station at 5:00pm. There will be an opportunity for an earlier return.
Please contact Roger Brice (01625 533959; 07702 303242; roger.brice1945@gmail.com) or Ted Cheers (01902 782641; rchswestmidlands@aol.com) for further information.