Date(s) - 25th October 2018
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Stoke Railway Station
Walk – Caldon Canal: Hazehurst Junction to Stockton Brook & Baddeley Green – Thursday 25th October 2018
This walk (a joint North West & West Midlands Groups event) led by Ruth Shaw and Roger Brice is a continuation of our walk (28th Sept 2017) when we followed the canal feeder and the Leek Branch canal. The walk will follow the Caldon Canal from Hazelhurst Aqueduct to Baddeley Green, with a short diversions onto the railway including the site of Endon station. It is a level walk of approximately 6.25 miles mainly on canal towpath with short distances on quiet country lanes also being necessary.
There will be a pub lunch but bring your own sandwiches, etc. as the pub does not serve food.
During the walk we will explore the changes in the routing of the Caldon Canal, with its associated changes in the location of locks at both ends of the summit level, as well as the site of the former rail-canal transhipment facility at Endon Wharf, the site of Victoria Mill and its rail swing bridge across the canal providing a rail connection with the NSR, and other features relating to the history of the canal including its sources of water. The former North Staffs railway from Leekbrook to Stoke ran very close to the canal for the length of the walk and the walk notes will include the history of both railway and canal.
The walk will commence at the #18 bus stop in Longsdon at 11:10 following the arrival of the #18 bus 10:48 departure from Hanley (Stoke City Centre) bus station, stand G. Using public transport, the walk will be best accessed from Stoke station. The group will meet in the booking hall of Stoke railway station at 10:20 and then depart by bus to Hanley and on to Longsdon. Recommended trains are the 09:35 departure from Manchester Piccadilly (arriving Stoke at 10:11) or the 09:31 departure from Birmingham New Street (arriving Stoke at 10:17). It will be very important that we leave Stoke railway station by 10:25. The return to Stoke will also be by the #18 (or #43) bus back to Hanley and then on to Stoke railway station.
Please direct any queries to Roger Brice (01625 533959; 07702 303242; email@example.com).
It is also recommended that anyone planning to join the walk consults the society’s website (or contacts Roger Brice, by email if possible) nearer to the day check for any unforeseen changes in timings.