IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch

25 September 2020

The walk was organised jointly with Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, as part of Open Heritage week on Sunday 13th September.

Nearly 100 people turned out to discover more about the Uttoxeter Canal. Volunteers were positioned at key locations between Denstone and Alton so that the open day could run in a Covid-safe way. They talked, from a safe distance, about the history of the canal, the work that has taken place in recent years, as well as future projects and plans.

Visitors arrived on foot in their own small groups following signage and a route description which was available online. Along the route were additional displays about current projects and future aspirations.

Volunteers from the Lichfield Waterworks Trust were also present with an information display and to talk about Crumpwood pumping station. The station is close to where the Uttoxeter Canal locked down into and crossed the River Churnet above Crumpwood Weir. It is also the site of a recent Environment Agency fish pass project

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