Near Hem Heath

13 miles, 17 locks.

A long day today. We had planned a short day. The intention was to overnight in Hanley Park. There are good moorings there and it’s very attractive. But I read some online reports of moorers who have had trouble overnight from local teenagers. So we made a brief stop for lunch and to look at the gardens, then pressed on.

Norton House lift bridge
Old bottle kilns near a modern housing development

We didn’t want to stop in Stoke, and the railway comes alongside very close for quite a way south of the city, so it was seven hours later before we found somewhere. The flight of locks in Stoke was very busy, we had to turn nearly every one.

today’s route

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