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Canals - Trent & Mersey

Steve Stamford | Great Haywood junction view

Great Haywood junction view

Great Haywood junction is the meeting point of the Trent and Mersey and Staffordshire and Worcester canals, the motorway interchange of the day. A popular place for walkers and boaters alike and the base of a hire boat company.
Steve Stamford | Great Haywood junction landscape

Great Haywood junction landscape

Great Haywood junction is the meeting point of the Trent and Mersey and Staffordshire and Worcester canals, the motorway interchange of the day. A popular place for walkers and boaters alike and the base of a hire boat company.
Steve Stamford | Great Haywood junction portrait

Great Haywood junction portrait

Great Haywood junction is the meeting point of the Trent and Mersey and Staffordshire and Worcester canals, the motorway interchange of the day. A popular place for walkers and boaters alike and the base of a hire boat company.
Steve Stamford | Canal at Alrewas

Canal at Alrewas

This is the scene at Alrewas lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal. Alrewas lock raises and lowers boats between the short river section and the canal proper and is a popular place to moor for a few days.
Steve Stamford | Quarter mile landscape

Quarter mile landscape

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays and it spans the River Trent as both a river and the returning flow from a mill stream.
Steve Stamford | Stenson lock waiting

Stenson lock waiting

Stenson Lock is on the Trent and Mersey canal, lock 6 or bridge 19. The lock keeper's cottage has for many years been a coffee shop that serves the many walkers and cyclists in the area.
Steve Stamford | Alrewas canal scene

Alrewas canal scene

Alrewas is a small village along the Trent and Mersey Canal. A popular place for narrowboats to spend a day or two as it marks the change between canal and river sections.
Steve Stamford | Canal crane at Fradley Junction

Canal crane at Fradley Junction

A typical 'post' crane. Hand operated and mounted on a post on which it could rotate. Used to load / unload the canal workboats at Fradley junction on the Trent & Mersey canal
Steve Stamford | Fradley Junction

Fradley Junction

This is the scene at Fradley junction on the Trent & Mersey canal, England. Once a place of major importance as British Waterway had a large (by the standards of the day) depot here that made and repaired lock gates, sluices and associated 'bits' of canal infrastructure.
Steve Stamford | Canal side fingerboard

Canal side fingerboard

This charming fingerboard will be instantly recognised by anyone who has had the pleasure of boating at Great Haywood. Here the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal ends as it meets the Trent and Mersey.
Steve Stamford | Fradley Wharf crane

Fradley Wharf crane

Once a bustling hive of commercial activity now a popular place to spend a few hours as a goozler (sight seer) Fradley Junction is one of those places that exists purely because of the canal junction where the Coventry meets the Trent and Mersey.
Steve Stamford | Canal bridge in the mist

Canal bridge in the mist

Bridge 22 on the Trent and Mersey canal, Derbyshire, UK. Canal bridges are numbered much like road junctions and are pretty much the only way to work out where you are as even canals that 'go through' towns and cities often do so at the very edges.
Steve Stamford | Fradley Junction 1

Fradley Junction 1

Fradley Junction is where the Trent and Mersey Canal meets the Coventry Canal and continues to be a busy place popular with boaters and walkers alike. The crane here on the left was hand operated and was used to load the maintenance boats in the days when it was a working yard.
Steve Stamford | Fradley for lunch

Fradley for lunch

Fradley Junction is a very popular place for walkers. It has everything you need for a nice day out, car park, toilets, decent paths and of course somewhere to get tea and cake. The pleasure boat Mariah has moored to take on fresh water.
Steve Stamford | Quarter Mile Bridge 4

Quarter Mile Bridge 4

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays and it spans the River Trent as both a river and the returning flow from a mill stream. The canalised River Trent is on the right in this image.
Steve Stamford | Alrewas bridge 46

Alrewas bridge 46

The pretty village of Alrewas in Staffordshire is bisected by the Trent and Mersey canal. This is one of the 4 bridges that now connect the two halves.
Steve Stamford | Quarter mile portrait

Quarter mile portrait

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays and it spans the River Trent as both a river and the returning flow from a mill stream
Steve Stamford | Walking the bridge

Walking the bridge

A couple recede into the distance on Quarter Mile bridge, Alrewas. This bridge carries the towpath across the River Trent as it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Steve Stamford | Approaching Alrewas 2

Approaching Alrewas 2

Travelling upstream from Wychnor the Trent and Mersey canal engineers made use of the River Trent for a short while and this necessitated a towpath bridge known as 1/4 mile bridge when the canal and rive split as the village of Alrewas was reached and the two went their separate ways.
Steve Stamford | Lock 12 at Alrewas

Lock 12 at Alrewas

This little bypass weir is at lock 12 on the Trent and Mersey canal at Alrewas, Staffordshire. Bypass weirs allowed excess water from the pound (area between 2 locks) above to safely flow around the lock and to the lower pound. Several nettle stings were received getting the angle so you can see a narrowboat through the fence.
Steve Stamford | Canal at Wood End

Canal at Wood End

Just after you finish climbing the Fradley Five locks on the Trent and Mersey canal you enter a stretch known as Wood End.
Steve Stamford | The Swan AKA Mucky Duck

The Swan AKA Mucky Duck

At the Junction of the Trent and Mersey Canal and Coventry Canal you find an icon of the waterways - The Swan. For whatever reason it is known far and wide as 'The Mucky Duck'. This image taken from my 5 metre pole which gives a slightly different view. The boat is registered as 'Cambro' - a 60 ft private narrowboat
Steve Stamford | Canal Bridge 56

Canal Bridge 56

Just one of many small bridges over the Trent and Mersey canal, this one is on the stretch between Fradley junction and Rugeley.
Steve Stamford | Quarter Mile Bridge 1

Quarter Mile Bridge 1

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays it spans the River Trent as both a river (on the right here) and the returning flow from a mill stream (on the left just to the right of the lock). I am a CAA licensed drone operator, copy of permit available on request.
Steve Stamford | Alrewas lock

Alrewas lock

The Trent and Mersey canal winds its way through many villages, amongst them is Alrewas, a very pretty place popular with boaters for its nearby shops and selection of pubs. This is the lock that separates canal from river. Image taken from my drone - I am CAA licensed for commercial use, copy of PfCO available on request
Steve Stamford | Quarter Mile Bridge 2

Quarter Mile Bridge 2

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays and it spans the River Trent as both a river (nearest and to the right here) and the returning flow from a mill stream (in the middle of this image). The canal is to the left. I am a CAA licensed drone operator, copy of permit available on request.
Steve Stamford | Quarter Mile Bridge 3

Quarter Mile Bridge 3

I'm not sure if Quarter Mile bridge actually is a quarter of a mile, but that is what it is known as to boaters. Officially it is 45g on the Trent and Mersey canal. Effectively a single file path with a couple of small passing bays and it spans the River Trent as both a river (furthest away) and the returning flow from a mill stream (in the middle of this image). The canal is in the foreground. I am a CAA licensed drone operator, copy of permit available on request.
Steve Stamford | Lock 73 Trent and Mersey

Lock 73 Trent and Mersey

Lock 73 on the Trent and Mersey canal is a short distance from Great Haywood junction. The building on the left here is an attractively located café with moorings available on the right.
Steve Stamford | Resting at bridge 72

Resting at bridge 72

A narrowboat peacefully moored on the Trent and Mersey canal, bridge 72 in the background. In the absence of road signs bridge and lock numbers are used to locate places on the canal network.
Steve Stamford | Leaning on the beam

Leaning on the beam

A lady working Colwich Lock, number 21, on the Trent and Mersey canal leans on the top gate beam. There is no rushing a lock and by leaning against the beam you can feel when the gate can be opened by the slight twitch it gives. A recent rain shower has left the beam wet and gently steaming in the sunshine that followed.
Steve Stamford | Looking over lock 21

Looking over lock 21

Colwich Lock, number 21, on the Trent and Mersey canal is in a wonderfully rural location with just one cottage beside it. The balance beams on the gates are normally much longer, literally balancing the weight of the gates and providing leverage. Here though there was not space for the normal length of beam so metal weights were added at the handles. Balances the beam nicely, but does nothing to help the missing leverage.
Steve Stamford | Morning mooring

Morning mooring

A narrowboat moored near Shugborough Hall on the Trent and Mersey canal, smoke comes from its solid fuel stove whilst the large tunnel light stares ahead.
Steve Stamford | Great Haywood aerial

Great Haywood aerial

Great Haywood junction is the meeting of the Trent and Mersey canal with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire. This is a popular place to stay for a few days and the boatyard to the right is a hire base for a fleet of narrowboats. I am a CAA licensed drone operator, PfCO available to view on my web site.