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Canal Boating Holidays - Trent and Mersey Canal Guide

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Trent and Mersey Canal Location and basic information - For the benefit of continuity we are including the 2 miles of the Sawley Cut so that we can join up the T&M Canal guide to the Erewash Canal, River Trent Navigation and the Grand Union Canal (River Soar) Leicester Section

Nicholson Guide to the Waterways: Birmingham & the Heart of England No. 3 (Waterways Guide)


The beginning of the Trent and Mersey Canal is at Derwent Mouth in Derbyshire - Categories contents are listed from the beginning of the canal, canal branch or canal arm.

The Trent and Mersey canal was built (opened 1777), as the name implies, to link the River Trent at Derwent Mouth to the River Mersey, via the Bridgewater Canal, which it joins at Preston Brook in Cheshire. Mileposts measure the distances between Preston Brook and Shardlow, around a mile short of Derwent mouth.

The idea of a canal connection from the Mersey to the Trent, conceived as "The Grand Trunk", came from canal engineer James Brindley and his planned 'Grand Cross' of canals connecting the Trent and Severn, and the Mersey and Thames rivers.

Trent Lock - Junction with River Trent Navigation, Erewash Canal, Grand Union Canal (River Soar) Leicester Section

Derwent Mouth (Terminus) - Junction with the Trent Navigation to Cavendish Bridge

Swarkestone Junction - Junction with the Derby Canal (Disused)

Fradley Junction - Junction with the Coventry Canal

Great Haywood Junction - Junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal - Between Great Haywood and Middlewich the T&M is part of the Four Counties Holiday Cruising Ring

Etruria Junction - Junction with the Caldon Canal

Through the heart of the Staffordshire "Potteries" district

Harecastle Tunnel - Viking Afloat (Gailey) Hire Boat at the North Portal of the Harecastle TunnelHarecastle Tunnel - A feature on the T&M is the 3000yd long Harecastle Tunnel, a wonder of the canals - 2900mtrs

Make sure you're wearing wetproofs and a hat whilst navigating this the Harecastle Tunnel as there is water dripping through the roof all year round!

Hardings Wood Junction - Junction with the Macclesfield Canal - Between Hardings Wood Junction and the start of the Bridgewater Canal at Preston Brook the T&M is part of the Cheshire Ring (Cheshire Holiday Cruising Ring)

The Cheshire Locks - AKA "Heartbreak Hill" - If you are heading south Wheelock sees the canal climb through the 25 locks of Heartbreak Hill from Lock 66 to Lock 41 ascending to its summit at Hardingswood Junction, Kidsgrove or dropping down if heading north.

Wheelock - Village

Wardle (Middlewich) Junction - Junction with the Wardle Canal / Shropshire Union Canal Middlewich Branch again part of the Four Counties Ring

Anderton Boat Lift - Connection to the River Weaver Navigation

Preston Brook (Terminus) - Bridgewater Canal


Boaters Facilities on the Trent and Mersey Canal (starting at the Sawley Cut, by the paired Sawley Locks)

Official Moorings

Above Sawley Locks

Water Points

Above Sawley Locks x2
Shardlow - Below Lock 2 (Shardlow Lock)

Above Lock 4 (Weston Lock)

Above Lock 5 (Swarkestone Lock)

West of Deep Dale Bridge

East of Bridge 23

Wheelock x2

Toilets
Above Sawley Locks

East of Bridge 23

Wheelock

Showers
Above Sawley Locks

Wheelock

Refuse Disposal
Above Sawley Locks

East of Bridge 23

Wheelock

Recycling Centres

Elsan / Sewage Point
Above Sawley Locks

East of Bridge 23

Wheelock

Diesel

Laundry Facilities

Shops

Willington - Convienence Store

 

Stoke-on-Trent - Etruria - Wedgewood and Royal Doulton Outlet Shop, Stoke-on-Trent - Off Bridge 119 - MAP - Forge Lane, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5NN - 01782 284056 - Stocking a range of quality china and collectables from the great names of Wedgewood and Royal Doulton. As you walk in there is a selection of tea sets and dinner ware made by Royal Albert, Doulton and Minton. Some are seconds and made abroad and others are first quality items.

Wheelock - Village shops

Middlewich Convenience Store - ASDA Express - No1, Wheelock Road, Middlewich

Middlewich Supermarket - ASDA Store - Off Wheelock Road, Middlewich

Middlewich Fishing Tackle Shop - Daves of Middlewich Ltd, Angling Superstore, Lewin Street (A533), Middlewich CW10 9BG - 01606 833853

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Main Cities, Towns and Villages along the Trent and Mersey Canal

Sawley

Shardlow

Willington

Burton-upon-Trent

Barton-under-Needwood (Barton Turns)

Alrewas

Fradley Junction

Rugeley

Great Haywood

Weston-upon-Trent - Information

Stone, Staffordshire - Information

Trentham

Stoke-on-Trent

Hassall Green

Wheelock - Restaurant, Pub and village shops

Middlewich

Anderton

Barnton

Preston Brook


Narrowboat Holiday Hire on the Trent and Mersey Canal

 

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Cruiser Holiday Hire on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Suggested Cruising Routes From Stoke-on-Trent

Crest Narrowboats - Second Fleet - Festival Park Marina, Etruria in the middle of the historic Potteries offers you no less a choice of history and dramatic scenery situated, as it is, on Brindley’s Trent & Mersey Canal.


Trent and Mersey Canal Day Boat Hire

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Charter Boats That Cruise The Trent and Mersey Canal


Hotel Boats That Cruise The Trent and Mersey Canal

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Trent and Mersey Canal Trip Boats

 


Trent and Mersey Canal Restaurant Boats

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Trent and Mersey Canalside Pubs and Restaurants

Shardlow - The Clock Warehouse, London Road, Shardlow adjacent to the Shardlow Canal Visitor Centre / Museum - 01332 792844

Shardlow - The Old Marina Bar and Restaurant, London Road, Shardlow - 01332 799797

Shardlow - Bridge 2 - The Malt Shovel, 49 The Wharf, Shardlow - 01332 799763

Shardlow - Bridge 2 - The New Inn, The Wharf, Shardlow - 01332 793330

Shardlow - Idle Bridge (3) - The Navigation Inn, 143 London Road - 01332 792918

Barrow-on-Trent - West of Deep Dale Bridge (17) The Ragley Boat Stop, Deepdale Lane, Off Sinfin Lane, Barrow-on-Trent - 01332 703919

Stenson Lock (6) Canalside, The Bubble Inn, Stenson - 01283 703113

Bridge 23 - The Greyhound, Heath Lane, Findern

Bridge 23 - The Rising Sun, The Green, Willington - 01283 702116

Bridge 23 - The Green Dragon, The Green, Willington - 01283 702327

East of Bridge 29A - The Brewhouse, Union Street - 01283 508100

 

Wheelock - The Cheshire Cheese

 


Trent and Mersey Canalside (Riverside) cottages


Marinas on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Sawley Marina, Sawley Cut

Shardlow Marina, London Road, Shardlow - 01332 792832

Stenson Marina, Stenson - 01283 701933

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Places to visit and things to do or see on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Sawley Cut

Shardlow Heritage Centre (charge applies- Information), Below Shardlow Lock, adjacent to The Clock Warehouse. Shardlow Heritage Centre, London Road, Shardlow DE72 2GA

Swarkestone Lows - MAP - Barrow Hill, Swarkestone - Ancient burial mound between Bridges 14 and 15 on the hillside overlooking the canal - Information.

Shrugborough Hall

Wedgwood Pottery Visitor Centre

Stoke-on-Trent - Superb waterside leisure complex - Cinema - Festival Park, Etruria

Stoke-on-Trent - Etruria - Wedgewood and Royal Doulton Outlet Shop, Stoke-on-Trent - Off Bridge 119 - MAP - Forge Lane, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5NN - 01782 284056 - Stocking a range of quality china and collectables from the great names of Wedgewood and Royal Doulton. As you walk in there is a selection of tea sets and dinner ware made by Royal Albert, Doulton and Minton. Some are seconds and made abroad and others are first quality items.

Lion Salt Works - Information, Lion Salt Works, Offershaw Lane, Marston CW9 6ES

Anderton Boat Lift - Information

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Chandlers on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Sawley Marina, Sawley Cut


Trent and Mersey Canal Boatyards

Sawley Marina, Sawley Cut - BW Office, Long Eaton, Nottingham - 01159 734278

Dobson's Boatyard, The Wharf, Shardlow DE72 2GH - 01332 792271

Midland Canal Centre, Stenson Marina, Stenson - 01283 701933


 

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