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Uttoxeter Canal

The starting point for the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal is the Alton to Crumpwood length, which contains surviving locks, the last remaining bridge, and an unusual ‘level crossing’.

Things to do nearby

Volunteer wearing a pink top holding uprooted himalayan balsam

Facts & Stats

13 miles


The length of the Uttoexeter Canal restoration.

17 locks


Year closed

From Alton to Crumpwood

The canal closed 180 years ago, and parts of its route were then used for building a railway line.

The first section at Froghall links to the Caldon Canal. There are several missing locks; a blockage where a main road crosses; and the Churnet Valley Steam Railway, which make it a tricky and expensive stretch to restore. 

An easier place to start, was the Alton to Crumpwood length. The stretch is bypassed by a disused railway. There are surviving locks, the last remaining bridge, and an unusual ‘level crossing’ of the River Churnet. The plan is to restored this as a ‘showpiece’ length and visitor site, with a public tripboat to raise funds and support for more canal restoration.

Local Events

Waterway news

Proposed housing application at Froghall

A planning application has recently been submitted for land directly south of the basin at the start of the Uttoxeter Canal in Froghall.