We need to rewind a bit. With all the excitement of posting about that tunnel, we've missed out some of the journey.
After spending some time at the market and looking round the town on Saturday we were ready to leave the moorings at Leek around lunchtime. The thin ice was almost melted in the warm sunshine we had been enjoying.Just emerging out of the tunnel, very narrow but with plenty of headroom, so no scrapes and bumps here.
The reflections were lovely today in the still waters.
And so many great places to live with views over the canal.
This lovely lock cottage at Hazelhurst locks has wonderful views in every direction. The lucky owners were sitting out in the sunshine eating their lunch. What a great spot.
I had got off Tacet at the aqudeuct and walked down from the Leek branch to the lower level of the Caldon Canal, walking up the locks, setting them as I went, to meet Ian at the top. He was just coming through bridge 1 as I got there.
making the tight turn into the lock
3 locks down
then under the aqueduct this time
The earliest reference to milling here at Cheddleton dates back to 1253, some of the foundations of the south water mill may date from then. Other documents refer to corn milling on this site, and in the late 18th century the south mill was converted to grind flint, and the north mill was purpose built for flint grinding.
The Canal was built around the same time and would have carried the heavy flint stone to the mill and the ground, calcined flint produced would be taken back to the potteries of Stoke where it was an important ingredient in the 'creamware' which was popular at the time.
crane for loading/unloading the boats
Leek - Cheddleton
4.5 miles, 3 locks, 1 tunnel