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Waterway Walks & Explorations
A rough, illustrated, guide to the former Uttoxeter Canal, and accompanying North Staffordshire Railway (LMS) Churnet Valley Line - and what they look like today.
By clicking the icon in the top left of the map window, you can select/deselect other options to view or click the icon top right to view full screen.
The canal route is shown in
and railway routes in
. Lock locations are also shown in dark blue and milepost locations in black. Explore the map for further colours.
The route south from Froghall is through outstanding scenery down a narrow wooded valley which is totally free from road traffic.
Even the nearby theme park of Alton Towers is inaudible. Of all my walks, this is one of the most exceptional and the first few
miles would be utterly wonderful to travel through on a restored canal or railway. They are wonderful now, but a mere shadow of
what they previously were and could be again.
I have found a number of websites with more information on the waterway and railway and their
history. The following are just samples.
For a historic map of the route, follow this link and then adjust the
transparency on the slider scale to view the present day appearance:
Similarly, these websites are the best places to look at the preservation, and restoration, work happening on the canal and railway respectively:
Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust. The Trust also have downloadable PDF walking leaflets.
Click these links for the
Denstone-Oakamoor sections of the route.