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Trent and Mersey Canal

Description of Trent and Mersey Canal: Runs 93 miles from Derwent Mouth, where it joins the River Trent, to Preston Brook, where it joins a branch of the Bridgewater Canal

History of Trent and Mersey Canal: Originally known as the Grand Trunk Canal. Promoted by Acts of 1766, 1770, 1775, 1776, 1783, 1797 (two Acts), 1802, 1809 and 1827
For more details see the History page.

Subordinate Waterways of Trent and Mersey Canal

Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal

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  • Fred on Water , Released in 2003, 1 hour 13 minutes Produced by Visionimpact, The 2002 canal journey of Fred Talbot, the TV weather presenter, including the Ribble Link, Lancaster Canal, Anderton Boat Lift and the Falkirk Wheel. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The Cheshire Ring , Released in 1992, 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Trent and Mersey Canal , Released in 1997, 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Four Counties Ring , 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • Cathedral of the Canals , Released in 2002, 30 minutes Produced by Stephinson Television, The Anderton Boat Lift - The story of its renaissance. Produced for British Waterways and the Waterway Trust Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • Boat Lifts of Europe , Released in 2002, 1 hour 8 minutes Produced by VideoActive, Covers several boat lifts in France and germany as well as the Anderton Lift and the Falkirk Wheel in the UK. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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Related External Web Sites of Trent and Mersey Canal

  • Alvechurch Boat Centres Holiday narrowboat hire from 7 bases. Also boat building and brokerage.
  • Holiday Narrowboats at Barton Turns This site has been set up to offer unused Narrowboat holidays at Barton Turns Marina for rent, by owners not wishing to use their weeks.
  • Black Prince Holidays Five bases, covering the canal system of England and Wales, with 80 narrowboats for hire.
  • Claymoore Navigation Hire boats based at Preston Brook in Cheshire, where the Bridewater Canal meets the Trent & Mersey.
  • Middlewich Narrowboats Hire boats based on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Great Haywood Marina The marina was completed in July 2007 and is situated on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood, close to the historic junction of the Staffs & Worcs Canal.
  • Harral Brokerage Services Ltd Boat brokerage based at Wincham Wharf on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • MCC Stenson Boatbuilders Midland Canal Centre well known narrowboat builders.
  • Canal Cruising Canal Cruising is one of the oldest hire companies on the canals and after 50 years is still operated by the Wyatt family.
  • Andersen Boats Boat hire based at Middlewich on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Jannel Cruisers Marina services and boat hire based at Burton upon Trent.
  • Longport Brokerage Boat sales based at Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Stoke-on-Trent Boat Building Co. Ltd Narrowboat builder.
  • Canaltime Timeshare narrowboats.
  • Anderton Boat Lift The official BW site with restoration progress information and a webcam.
  • Ashtree Boat Club Based near Rugley on the Trent & Mersey Canal
  • Trent & Mersey Canal Society The only user group interested solely in the whole 94 miles of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
  • Stenson Lock Gates Photographs of the replacement of locks gates on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Shakespeare Classic Line Limited Offering a fleet of timeshare narrowboats based at Barton Turns Marina (Staffordshire).
  • Mileposts on the Trent & Mersey Canal Pictures and information on the canal centred around its mileposts.
  • Shardlow Heritage Centre A museum at this important Canal Port situated between the River Trent and the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Millar Marine Chandlery Millar Marine has re-located to Dobson's Boatyard, The Wharf in Shardlow to continue selling quality products at competitive prices.
  • Staffordshire Past Track Contains over a hundred historic canal photographs of places in Staffordshire amongst a much larger general collection. Follow the route - Theme Explorer - Transport & Communications - Canals.
  • The Stone Boat Building Company Ltd Chandlery and boat yard services.
  • Ricochet Narrow Boats From initial-concept through to launching, Ricochet will produce your custom narrow-boat or wide-beam.
  • Aqua Narrowboat Hire Based on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Burton upon Trent.
  • Boating Days Canal boating holidays, full weeks, short breaks & day hire based at Acton Bridge on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Barton Turns Marina Situated at Barton Under Needwood near Burton on Trent on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Kings Bromley Marina Built in 2002 and extended in 2004 theMarina offers 275 secure berths in a rural setting within 20 minutes of the M6 toll.
  • Mercia Marina Opened on the Trent & Mersey Canal in 2008, with 600 berths, the marina was based on Willington Lake with five added islands and four promontories.
  • Marine Cruises Operate from three canal holiday bases, on the Llangollen Canal at Swanley Marina, on the Trent & Mersey Canal Kings Bromley Marina near Lichfield and at their Scotish Base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel.
  • Crest Narrowboats Narrowboat hire from bases on the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals.
  • Canal Boat Holidays Canal boats to sleep 4 or to sleep 6, depending on the size of boat from seven bases.
  • Simtech Marine A narrow boat workshop located at Barton Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
  • Afloat boathire Afloat Boat Hire is based at Kings Bromley Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal, with plenty of routes to choose from you can plan your holiday.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Trent and Mersey Canal: Derwent Mouth to Burton-on-Trent: Length 72 foot, beam 14. Burton to Middlewich Lock 74: Length 72 foot, beam 7 foot. Middlewich Big Lock: Length 72 foot, beam 14 foot. From Middlewich to Preston Brook the maximum beam for craft is 9 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Trent and Mersey Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Derwent Mouth

Junction with River Trent River Trent Junction

0

0

N

SK458307

129

Derwent Mouth Lock No 1

0.3

1

N

SK455306

129

Shardlow Lock No 2

1.3

2

N

SK440301

129

Hickens Bridge No 4

2

2

N

SK429298

129

Acrelane Bridge No 5

2.5

2

N

SK425295

129

Aston Lock No 3

2.8

3

N

SK424291

129

Weston Lock No 4

4.3

4

N

SK407277

129

Weston Cliffe Bridge No 10

Cliffe Wood

5

4

N

SK394273

128

Cuttle Bridge No 13

A514 road bridge

6.6

4

N

SK375289

128

Swarkeston Lock No 5

Derby Canal Junction

7

5

N

SK370291

128

Lowes Bridge No 15

7.4

5

N

SK365290

128

Barrow Bridge No 16

Barrow upon Trent village a quarter of a mile south

8.1

5

N

SK355289

128

Stenson Lock No 6

10

6

N

SK324299

128

Findern, Bridge No 21

The Greyhound pub.

10.9

6

N

SK310296

128

Willington Bridge No 23

12.3

6

N

SK293286

128

Clay Mills Bridge No 28

14.8

6

N

SK261266

128

Horninglow Wharf Bridge No 32

Burton upon Trent half a mile south-east

16.5

6

N

SK243246

128

Dallow Lane Lock No 7

16.9

7

N

SK239241

128

Shobnall Road Bridge

B5017 road bridge and Shobnall Basin

17.5

7

N

SK233233

128

Branstone Lock No 8

18.5

8

N

SK220219

128

Tatenhill Lock No 9

19.5

9

N

SK212204

128

Barton Turn Lock No 10

Bridges Nos 37a, 37b and 38

21.4

10

N

SK201182

128

Wychnor Lock No 11

23

11

N

SK184161

128

Arlewas Lock No 12

Arlewas village

24.4

12

N

SK171154

128

Bagnall Lock No 13

Arlewas village

25

13

N

SK164148

128

Common Lock No 14

25.8

14

N

SK152146

128

Hunts Lock No 15

26.4

15

N

SK145143

128

Keepers Lock No 16

Bridge No 50

26.5

16

N

SK144141

128

Fradley Junction Lock No 17

Junction with Coventry Canal (Detached Portion) Coventry Canal Junction

26.8

17

N

SK140139

128

Fradley Middle Lock No 18

26.9

18

N

SK138138

128

Shade House Lock No 19

27

19

N

SK136137

128

Wood End Lock No 20

27.5

20

N

SK127135

128

King's Bromley Bridge No 54

A515 road

28.5

20

N

SK116147

128

Handsacre Bridge No 58

30.5

20

N

SK091162

128

Armitage A513 Road Bridge

Un-numbered road bridge that replaces the former Armitage Tunnel

31.8

20

N

SK070163

128

Glover's Hill Bridge No 64

32.8

20

N

SK049166

128

Rugeley Bridge No 66

34

20

N

SK047181

128

River Trent Aqueduct

Brindley Bank

35

20

N

SK038195

128

Taft Bridge No 69

36.3

20

N

SK028204

128

Wolseley Bridge No 70

A51 road bridge

36.9

20

N

SK020204

128

Colwich Lock No 21

Bridge No 71

37.6

21

N

SK009210

128

Haywood Lock No 22

Great Haywood village and Shugborough Hall

38.9

22

N

SJ995226

127

Great Haywood Junction

Junction with Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal junction

39

22

N

SJ995229

127

Hoo Mill Lock No 23

39.8

23

N

SJ997241

127

Ingestre Bridge No 78

41.3

23

N

SJ985255

127

Weston Lock No 24

41.9

24

N

SJ978261

127

Weston upon Trent Bridge No 80

42.5

24

N

SJ972270

127

Sandon Lock No 25

44.5

25

N

SJ945291

127

Aston Lock No 26

47.4

26

N

SJ916318

127

Stone Bottom Lock No 27

48.9

27

N

SJ901336

127

Stone Lock No 28

49

28

N

SJ900337

127

Stone Lock No 29

49.3

29

N

SJ897342

127

Stone Lock No 30

49.4

30

N

SJ896343

127

Meaford Bottom Lock No 31

50

31

N

SJ890351

127

Meaford Lock No 32

50.1

32

N

SJ890352

127

Meaford Lock No 33

50.4

33

N

SJ891355

127

Meaford Top Lock No 34

50.5

34

N

SJ891357

127

Meaford Power Station Bridge 101

51.4

34

N

SJ889370

127

Barlaston Bridge No 103

Plume of Feathers Pub

52.3

34

N

SJ887383

127

Trentham Lock No 35

53.3

35

N

SJ884398

127

Hemheath Bridge No 106

A5035 road bridge

53.8

35

N

SJ880410

118

Sideway Bridge No 108

55.3

35

N

SJ880431

118

Stoke-on-Trent, Bridge No 112

56.5

35

N

SJ881450

118

Stoke Bottom Lock No 36

57

36

N

SJ876458

118

Stoke Lock No 37

Cockshute Lock

57.3

37

N

SJ874461

118

Stoke Lock No 38

Etruria Bottom Lock

57.6

38

N

SJ872465

118

Stoke Top Lock No 40

Etruria Summit Lock

57.9

40

N

SJ871468

118

Etruria Junction

Junction with Caldon Branch - Trent and Mersey Canal Calden Branch junction

58

40

N

SJ871469

118

Longport Wharf

60

40

N

SJ858495

118

Tunstall Bridge

61

40

N

SJ854506

118

Harecastle Tunnel (south end)

Chatterley

61.8

40

N

SJ849517

118

Harecastle Tunnel (north end)

Kidsgrove

63.4

40

N

SJ837541

118

Harding's Wood Junction

Junction with Hall Green Branch - Trent and Mersey Canal Hall Green Branch junction (leading to the Macclesfield Canal

63.6

40

N

SJ835545

118

Red Bull Top Lock No 41

63.8

41

N

SJ835546

118

Red Bull Lock No 42

64.1

42

N

SJ830548

118

Red Bull Lock No 43

64.3

43

N

SJ828550

118

Red Bull Lock No 44

64.4

44

N

SJ824551

118

Red Bull Lock No 45

64.5

45

N

SJ822551

118

Red Bull Bottom Lock No 46

64.6

46

N

SJ820552

118

Church Lawton Top Lock No 47

65.4

47

N

SJ819559

118

Church Lawton Bottom Lock No 48

65.5

48

N

SJ819560

118

Halls Lock No 49

65.6

49

N

SJ816561

118

Lawton Treble Locks Nos 50 to 52

65.9

52

N

SJ814562

118

Snapes Aqueduct

66.1

52

N

SJ810564

118

Thurlwood Lock No 53

Rode Heath village. From 1957 to 1988 the site of Thurlwood Steel Lock, built to overcome subsidence caused by salt workings.

66.8

53

N

SJ804573

118

Lower Thurlwood Lock No 54

67

54

N

SJ800576

118

Chellshill Aqueduct

Over the B5078 road

67.4

54

N

SJ795579

118

Pierpoint Lock No 55

68

55

N

SJ786582

118

Pierpoint Lock No 56

68.1

56

N

SJ785583

118

Hassall Green Locks No 57 and 58

68.5

58

N

SJ779583

118

Wheelock Flight Top Lock No 59

Malkin's Bank Flight Nos 59 to 64

69.3

59

N

SJ770586

118

Wheelock Flight Lock No 64

Malkin's Bank Flight Nos 59 to 64

70

64

N

SJ761591

118

Wheelock Bottom Lock No 66

70.4

66

N

SJ755592

118

Rookery Bridge No 159

72

66

N

SJ731602

118

Elton Moss Bridge No 160

72.6

66

N

SJ732611

118

Crows Nest Lock No 67

Crows Nest Bridge No 161

73.4

67

N

SJ730621

118

Booth Lane Bottom Lock No 69

Booth Lane Flight Locks Nos 67 to 69

73.8

69

N

SJ729630

118

Rumps Lock No 70

75.5

70

N

SJ714644

118

King's Lock No 71

76.3

71

N

SJ706655

118

Middlewich Junction

Junction with Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch Shropshire Union, Middlewich Branch junction

76.4

71

N

SJ706657

118

Middlewich Top Lock No 72

76.5

72

N

SJ707659

118

Middlewich Bottom Lock No 74

76.8

74

N

SJ706661

118

Middlewich Bridge No 172

Middlewich Town Centre

76.8

74

N

SJ704663

118

Middlewich Big Lock

77.1

75

N

SJ701668

118

Croxton Aqueduct

River Dane Crossing

77.6

75

N

SJ693671

118

Whatcroft Hall Bridge No 179

80

75

N

SJ678701

118

Bridge No 181

81.4

75

N

SJ682714

118

Broken Cross Bridge No 184

Old Broken Cross Pub

82.4

75

N

SJ683731

118

Lostock Gralam Bridge No 189

83.3

75

N

SJ685747

118

Marston Bridge No 193

B5075 road bridge

84.4

75

N

SJ670755

118

Marbury Park Road Bridge No 196

85.5

75

N

SJ658757

118

Anderton Lift Branch Junction

Junction with River Weaver

86.6

75

N

SJ647753

118

Soot Hill Bridge No 200

86.9

75

N

SJ643752

118

Barnton Tunnel (east end)

87.4

75

N

SJ635747

118

Barnton Tunnel (west end)

87.9

75

N

SJ630748

118

Saltersford Tunnel (east end)

88.1

75

N

SJ628752

118

Saltersford Tunnel (west end)

88.4

75

N

SJ620755

118

Bradley Meadow Bridge No 206

89.1

75

N

SJ609754

118

Acton Bridge No 209

A49 road bridge

90

75

N

SJ602765

118

Dutton Wharf Bridge No 212

91.4

75

N

SJ587778

117

Dutton Stop Lock No 76

Preston Brook Tunnel (south end)

92.5

76

N

SJ574787

117

Preston Brook Tunnel (north end)

Junction with Preston Brook Branch (Bridgewater Canal) Bridgewater Canal Junction

93.3

76

N

SJ570799

117

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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