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Uttoxeter Basin

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge


Froghall, near Cheadle, Staffordshire

Visit Uttoxeter Basin, Froghall on the Caldon Canal by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location because many visitors only navigate down as far as Consall Forge, leaving out the last 2 ½ miles of beautiful canal. Froghall tunnel is one of the lowest on the canal network and taller boats will not fit. There is a tunnel gauge under the tail bridge of Flint Mill lock; this however is rather pessimistic and if your boat only just clears the gauge, you will have plenty of room in the tunnel. Unfortunately the winding hole just before the tunnel is not full length; boats over 65ft that don’t fit through the tunnel can turn above Flint Mill lock. A picture of your boat in Uttoxeter Basin, at Froghall tunnel or above Flint Mill lock (for boats longer than 65ft) is a good proof of your visit to the end of the Caldon Canal.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.


Challenge Location

Uttoxeter Basin, Froghall

Height restriction through Froghall Tunnel – the gauge below Flint Mill Lock errs on the pessimistic side – if you just clear the gauge you will have plenty of headroom in the tunnel. Winding hole before tunnel not full length but is an acceptable alternative location, as is winding hole above Flint Mill Lock for boats too tall for tunnel and too long for later winding hole.

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