16 November 2021

12 volunteers spent four days kick-starting the Burslem Port ‘Footsteps’ project as part of a WRG ‘Canal Camp’ volunteer working holiday. They installed over 60 metres of footpath edgings and new path materials. The rest of the project was completed by contractors by the end of November. 

The ‘Footsteps’ project, run by the Burslem Port Trust, aimed to provide a walkway from the Trent and Mersey Canal along the line of the Burslem Branch Canal. The walk will also included interpretation signs covering the canal’s heritage as well as the potential for the reopening. Longer term it will enable the creation of walking/cycling routes connecting Festival Park with areas of Middleport and Burslem and prepare the area for wider investment alongside the Etruria Valley development.