About the Caldon Canal
One of England's most scenic waterways
The Caldon Canal is a branch of the Trent & Mersey Canal starting at Stoke-on-Trent. This outstandingly picturesque waterway runs through the heart of Staffordshire to Froghall with a 3-mile spur to the busy market town of Leek. A part of the canal runs through an area known as 'Little Switzerland' in which the only other form of transport is a preserved steam railway running alongside the canal. The canal follows the Churnet Valley and shares the river's course for a while. A canal of unforgettable scenery and wildlife.
After some nine miles and as many locks, the Caldon's Leek branch flies off on an aqueduct at Hazelhurst Junction - not surprisingly to the Staffordshire textile town of Leek some two and a half miles (and no locks) away. The main line meanwhile covers another eight miles and as many locks, swapping it navigation in and out of the River Churnet through some startling scenery as it makes for its terminus at Froghall from whence it was originally built in 1779 to carry quarried limestone.
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