Today was a day of walking the streets finding pottery factory shops.
Royal Stafford, Moorland, Dudson - closed down, Moorcroft, Burleigh & William Edwards.
An interesting fact: All the potteries close at the same time for 2 weeks holiday. Guess when they are? No factory tours for us although the Moorcroft Heritage visitor centre did put on a video which did a good job of showing what they do.
Saturday 26th June. 7 miles, 3 locks, 1 lift bridge.
We headed off south to the junction of the Trent & Mersey with the Caldon Canal. Visited the Industrial museum which is based around a Flint & Bone grinding mill. We now know why some pottery is called bone china. Bone is added to the clay. Spent some time trying to stock up on food as there were no supermarkets within easy walking distance form the canal.
Up the canal through a 2 lock staircase and then Diana was confronted with a "Lift Bridge". This requires her to stop the traffic, lower barriers both ends of the bridge and (Lucky her) push a button to electrically lift the bridge. To close repeat in reverse order. This canal is narrow with some very tight corners especially with 70 ft to get around. I'm a bit concerned how far to go as the two winding holes I have passed so far, I doubt I could turn in. Dave has done it before, just hope it wasn't in the shorted boat he used to have. parked up across from some nice canal side homes, went to the pub and then bed.
For those who want to have a better Idea of where we are I'll add a post code of the nearest pub so you can find it on Google earth. Tonights is ST2 7DU