The Churnet Valley – Thurs 2nd June 2016.

Today we traveled from Cheddleton to the terminus of the Caldon Canal at Froghall. Here the canal runs through the Churnet Valley and it really is a bit of a hidden gem of the inland waterways system. It reminded us a lot of the very famous and hugely popular Llangollen Canal in Wales that we did back in 2008. The Canal here is very tight and shallow in places so it’s a bit of a challenge. The canal system is twined by the Churnet Valley Railway and the two systems travel parallel up the valley to Froghall. Although we won`t see them on our trip, the railroad runs steam trains up this line each weekend.

At Consall Forge we stopped to take on water for the boat. We have been testing systems and we now know that we have enough water on board to last at least three days with two people. Around the corner from the fill up point was the picture perfect canal and railway side pub called the Black Lion. We shared a bacon and cheese “bab“ sitting outside in the sunshine and a pint of Titanic Plumb and a Shandy.

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The challenge of the day came at the very end when we had to navigate the 5 foot high by 5 foot wide FrogHall tunnel. This is one of the smallest dimension tunnels on the waterways but we made it through. The helmsman (Di) had to bob down on her knees and just peer over the roof of the boat in order not to get her head knocked off.

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We moored at the basin at the other side of the tunnel at Froghall and walked down to the terminus of the Churnet valley Railway at FrogHall station

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At this stage we decided we would post the dogs back to Canada

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A Joke off course !!

 


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