We left our mooring and headed up through one lift bridge and five locks to the village of Endon; the scenery becoming more stunning the further we move away from Stoke.
The school children have been busy designing lock side sculptures that incorporate images telling of the areas’ history.
Our Nicholson’s guide of 2009 is now a little out of date as the Fine Feathers Farm Shop at Bridge 28 appears to have closed and the CRT launderette at Bridge 31 is no more. However, a walk into the village of Endon from Bridge 31, taking the footpath diagonally across the field towards the garage, and then crossing the main road and continuing up the footpath into the village is well worth the trip to see the very picturesque 18th century weavers cottages and the cobbled ford across which the village beck trickles.
The village shop, 250 yards north of Bridge 28 does sell CRT swipe cards, and is fine if you want anything other than fresh fruit and vegetables.
The disused railway that we spotted in Milton can be seen running parallel to the canal and we have read of plans for it to be re-opened and incorporated into the existing Churnet Steam Railway from Endon. There is also a more ambitious plan for it reopen to Stoke on Trent but this may take some time.
Is this a Cockney Oscar Wilde reference or just a tribute to Birds of a Feather?