7 Day Route - Bugsworth to Leek & Return


7 Day   Bugsworth to Leek, Staffordshire & Return

7 day canal holiday route to Leek & back to Bugsworth in a week canal cruise.

Leek is a market town and civil parish in the county of Staffordshire, Perfect for mooching around the markets, independent shops and wealth of cafes, tea rooms and pubs.

Leek has a wide range of attractions – museums, galleries, markets and preserved Victorian architecture.

Total mileage 104    
Locks 44    
Moveable Bridges 18    
Small Aqueducts or Underbridges 48    
Tunnels 4    


Timings based on 7 hours per day
(except for first and final days which are taken as 4 hours each).

This is a trip of 104 miles, 4¾ furlongs and 44 locks from Bugsworth to Bugsworth.

Timings

This will take 52 hours and 2 minutes which is 7 hours and 20 minutes for each of 6 days plus 4 hours on the first evening and 4 hours on the last morning.

Totals

Total distance is 104 miles, 4¾ furlongs and 44 locks. There are 18 moveable bridges; 48 small aqueducts or underbridges and 4 tunnels (including Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below] and Leek Tunnel. ).

This is made up of 104 miles, 4¾ furlongs of narrow canals; 44 narrow locks.

This will take 52 hours, 2 minutes. You have asked for it to be done in 6 days, each of which will be 7 hours and 20 minutes.

Outward Route

From Bugsworth travel northwest on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Marple Junction

Then travel south on the Macclesfield Canal for 26 miles, ¾ furlongs and 13 locks to Hall Green Stop Lock

Then travel south on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Hall Green Branch) for 1 mile, 4 furlongs to Hardings Wood Junction

Then travel southeast on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood) for 5 miles, 4¾ furlongs to Etruria Junction

Then travel northeast on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Main Line to Froghall) for 9 miles, 4 furlongs and 9 locks to Hazelhurst Junction

Then travel northeast on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Leek Branch) for 2 miles, 6½ furlongs to Leek

Return Route

Then travel southwest on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Leek Branch) for 2 miles, 6½ furlongs to Hazelhurst Junction

Then travel southwest on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Main Line to Froghall) for 9 miles, 4 furlongs and 9 locks to Etruria Junction

Then travel northwest on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood) for 5 miles, 4¾ furlongs to Hardings Wood Junction

Then travel north on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Hall Green Branch) for 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 1 lock to Hall Green Stop Lock

Then travel north on the Macclesfield Canal for 26 miles, ¾ furlongs and 12 locks to Marple Junction

Then travel southeast on the Peak Forest Canal (Upper) for 6 miles, 6½ furlongs to Bugsworth.

Overnight stopping places

This is calculated based on 4 hours travelling before the first overnight stop, 6 full days travelling and 4 hours travelling on the last day starting at Bugsworth (end of navigation).

On average each full day will be approximately 7 hours and 20 minutes travelling but some overnight stops have been moved to avoid unsuitable stopping places and this has affected the lengths of the days. The shortest day is 6 hours and 16 minutes and the longest is 8 hours and 24 minutes (the maximum day-length is set at 10 hours).

Partial first day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Bancroft Bridge No 8 (just past Marple Junction). This is 8 miles, 3 furlongs of narrow canals and will take 4 hours. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

First full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at River Dane Aqueduct (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 15 miles, 7¾ furlongs and 12 locks of narrow canals and will take 8 hours 24 minutes. Today's journey involves 2 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Bosley Locks [see navigational note 2 below].

Second full day of trip

On the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood), at Pebble Mill Arm. This is 15 miles, 1¾ furlongs and 1 lock of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 16 minutes. Today's journey involves 8 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

Third full day of trip

On the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Leek Branch), at Leek. This is 12 miles, 6 furlongs and 9 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 21 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges; 6 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Leek Tunnel.

Fourth full day of trip

On the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Etruria to Hardings Wood), at Pebble Mill Arm (just past Etruria Junction). (Having turned at Leek).

This is 12 miles, 6 furlongs and 9 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 20 minutes. Today's journey involves 3 moveable bridges; 6 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Leek Tunnel.

Fifth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Bosley Bottom Lock No 12 (to avoid stopping in a flight of locks). This is 15 miles, 3 furlongs and 1 lock of narrow canals and will take 6 hours 21 minutes. Today's journey involves 8 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

Sixth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Bancroft Bridge No 8 (nearly at Marple Junction). This is 15 miles, 6¼ furlongs and 12 locks of narrow canals and will take 8 hours 20 minutes. Today's journey involves 2 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Bosley Locks [see navigational note 2 below].

End of last morning of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Upper), at Bugsworth (end of navigation). This is 8 miles, 3 furlongs of narrow canals and will take 4 hours. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 5 small aqueducts or underbridges.

Navigation Notes

NOTE 1 - Harecastle Tunnel

Summer opening hours

The Tunnel will open for passage daily between 8.00am and 6.00pm. To be guaranteed a passage, craft must arrive by 4.00pm.

Last craft in the Tunnel at 5.15pm if the Tunnel is free both ways.

For any enquiries call 03030 404040 during office hours.

Winter opening hours

By appointment only – Telephone 03030 404040 giving at least 48 hours notice.

Mondays & Wednesdays - 8.30pm to 12pm (last passage 11.15am)

Fridays - 11.30am to 3.00pm (last passage 2.15pm)

Saturdays - 8.30am to 12.30pm (last passage 11.45am)

Closed: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.

NOTE 2 - Bosley Locks

Lock 1 to lock 12 - Macclesfield canal »

In the latter half of September the Macclesfield & Peak Forest Canal reservoirs have benefited from significant rainfall, resulting in an increase in water levels both in the reservoirs and the canal. We appreciate this summer has seen significant disruption to our boating customers and many need to return to home and winter moorings. We are now in a position to re-open the canal at the Bosley Flight on 6th October. However to try and conserve water, we will initially operate with restrictions between 8am and 1pm daily • Last passage at lock 1 and lock 12 will be at 1pm, this is to allow our teams to assist boats through the flight. We will review these restrictions during the first week with the aim of removing them as soon as possible. The Bosley Flight will then close on the 5th November to allow the winter works at Locks 8 and Lock 12 to be completed. (The winter works stoppage notices will be updated to reflect time duration changes).Monday the 23rd of July, 2018 to Tuesday the 23rd of July, 2019

Information sent Tuesday the 18th of September, 2018

7 Day canal cruise holiday

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CHECK YOUR ROUTE FOR ANY CLOSURES AND/OR ISSUES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.

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Our thanks to canalplan.eu & openstreetmap for the map and data in this document.


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