7 Day Route - Bugsworth to Stone, Staffordshire & Return


A week's round canal holiday to Stone, Staffordshire and to Bugsworth in 7 days.

Stone is a market town and civil parish in Staffordshire. As an alternative, you could cut short your trip and stop off for some extended time at Trentham Gardens.

Visit the award-winning Trentham Gardens, for shopping and eating out, peace and quiet, fun and action!

Indulge yourself at the newly expanded Trentham Shopping Village with shops, cafés, restaurants and the vast Trentham Garden Centre, it’s perfect for shopping.

Get involved in one of our fantastic events. Walk with 140 Barbary macaques at the Monkey Forest. Amaze yourself as you take on Treetop Adventures.

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Total mileage 98    
Locks 54    
Moveable Bridges 12    
Small Aqueducts or Underbridges 40    
Tunnels 2    


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 98 miles, 5½ furlongs and 54 locks from Bugsworth to Bugsworth.

Timings

This will take 50 hours and 8 minutes which is 7 days, 1 hour and 8 minutes at 7 hours per day.

Totals

Total distance is 98 miles, 5½ furlongs and 54 locks. There are 12 moveable bridges; 40 small aqueducts or underbridges and 2 tunnels (including Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

This is made up of 98 miles, 5½ furlongs of narrow canals; 54 narrow locks.

This will take 50 hours, 8 minutes which is 7 days, 1 hour and 8 minutes at 7 hours per day. For initial calculation purposes (before adjusting for such things as overnight stops) this is taken as 7 days of 7 hours and 9 minutes each.

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 south on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria) for 9 miles, 2¾ furlongs and 14 locks to Stone Visitor Moorings

Return Route

Then travel north on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria) for 9 miles, 2¾ furlongs and 14 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 7 full days travelling starting at Bugsworth.

Each full day will be approximately 7 hours and 9 minutes travelling.

First full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Woods Bridge No 30 (nearly at Buxton Road Bridge No 37). This is 16 miles, 2¾ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 9 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 9 small aqueducts or underbridges.

Second full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Billy Tights Footbridge No 78 (half way between Bosley Bottom Lock No 12 and Hall Green Stop Lock). This is 12 miles, 6½ furlongs and 12 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 10 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].

Third full day of trip

On the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria), at Burrington Drive Bridge No 105A (a third of the way between Newcastle Road Bridge No 115 and Stone Visitor Moorings). This is 15 miles, 1 furlong and 6 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 10 minutes. Today's journey involves 5 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below] and through Stoke Locks.

Fourth full day of trip

On the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria), at Burrington Drive Bridge No 105A (two thirds of the way between Stone Visitor Moorings and Newcastle Road Bridge No 115). (Turn here tonight or tomorrow morning).

This is 10 miles, 1¼ furlongs and 18 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 10 minutes. Today's journey involves 2 small aqueducts or underbridges. You will pass through Meaford Locks and through Meaford Locks.

Fifth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Billy Tights Footbridge No 78 (half way between Hall Green Stop Lock and Bosley Bottom Lock No 12). This is 15 miles, 1 furlong and 6 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 10 minutes. Today's journey involves 5 small aqueducts or underbridges and 1 tunnel. You will pass through Stoke Locks and through Harecastle Tunnel [see navigational note 1 below].

Sixth full day of trip

On the Macclesfield Canal, at Woods Bridge No 30 (just past Buxton Road Bridge No 37). This is 12 miles, 6½ furlongs and 12 locks of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 10 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].

Last day of trip

On the Peak Forest Canal (Upper), at Bugsworth. This is 16 miles, 2¾ furlongs of narrow canals and will take 7 hours 9 minutes. Today's journey involves 4 moveable bridges and 9 small aqueducts or underbridges.

Navigational 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   Bugsworth to Stone, Staffordshire & Return

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

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