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Descending Stockton Brook Locks

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Stockton Brook.

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Stockton Brook.

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Leaving Engine Lock.

The last section of the Caldon Canal was completed in darkness, and we spent the night just on the Trent and Mersey main line.
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The Anderton Company Warehouse ...

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in silhouette.

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Wharf cranes

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Waiting for Harecastle Tunnel

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Brindley's original tunnel

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The chains show how much lower the roof is in the tunnel. The last remnant of the original towpath is on the right.

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Martin steers out of the tunnel.

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I failed to note down the name of this boat.

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BW's 'blue string' method of mooring.

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Hardingswood Locks seen from the Macclesfield Canal Aqueduct.

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Leaving Lock 44.

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We passed contractors removing a perfectly good towpath ...

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... to lay a new towpath!

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Rosie waits patiently as we descend lock 46.

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New sheet piling in front of the original stone copings.

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The offside lock 47 is the only intact duplicate lock which has not been restored ...

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... due to a substantial bulge in the chamber wall.

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A top paddle lurks in the undergrowth.

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I was delighted to see newly installed traditional wooden T&M paddle gear, as yet unpainted, at Lock 49.

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The gates could do with a lick of paint too.

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Below lock 49 the canal has been diverted, the old line leads off to the left here ...

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... and rejoins beyond the aqeduct a couple of locks further down.

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