Journey North 32: Stone – Etruria 

8 miles, 10 locks

An afternoon’s boating to get to the Etruria canal festival in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Setting off with traditional flowers on the cabin top.

We had booked in to the festival since it was on just as we were passing through so it seemed a shame not to join in! Plus most of the Bollington fleet was there too (Bargus and Alton). We are tied up just below the staircase locks. Friday evening was the traditional boaters fish and chips followed by a visit to the Holy Inadequate pub down the road.

Today we spent doing a bit of fender making and visiting the museum, which was running the steam engine for the weekend. The engine was used to crush flint and bone for the Potteries.

Willow is third boat along

Steam engine

Crushing pans

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