Last weekend we walked a stretch of the Staffs and Worcestershire canal. It was very busy with walkers and boaters and great to see people out and about.
The picture above is where we began, a bridge at the junction of the Trent and Mersey canal and the Staffs and Worcestershire canal. In its day this would’ve been like the junction of the M6 and M5, or if you prefer rail, the approach to Euston or Kings Cross.
In the heyday of the canal or ‘cut’ as it’s often referred to in these parts this junction presented a choice of the Potteries, Wolverhampton or the Trent and links to the East.
It’s a great section to walk, and idyllic – even in the days of the Industrial Revolution a far cry from the furnaces of the Black Country and pot banks of Stoke.
So much history and wildlife can be seen on this short two or three mile stretch of the cut.
Shugborough, once home to Lord Lichfield, is nearby and the beautiful woods and heathland of Cannock Chase. Essex Bridge is close by as is Tixall Gatehouse where Mary Queen of Scots was kept imprisoned.
Another wonderful landmark is the Bottle Lodge nearby. But more of these in a later post.