Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Monday, 18 June 2012

Cruising the Caldon

After an early start on Saturday morning, we arrived home on Tacet at around 9am. The drive back from Sussex was dry and not too busy, much better than the journey down last week.
Once the car was unloaded and returned, we were ready to move again, this time at the much pleasanter pace of the canals, starting with the 5 locks at Stockton Brook. Now the rain started, but we carried on.

An unusual sign to find in the middle of the cut.

The canal is really pretty, following along the side of hills, with lovely views over the river valley, dotted with houses and bridges.

 At Leek tunnel, you get a clear view through the other end.
 Just into the tunnel and it has been relined, with concrete sections, making this bit wider, above the water level anyway.
 Then we come to the old pink sandstone block work,
 The height is quite good, but it is narrow.

And so we got to Leek, turning at the winding hole just before the terminus and reversing back to a space.
6 miles, 5 locks, 1 tunnel