as I was saying on my last blog, there has been alot of site clearance work going on here of all the old industries, but prominant structures are being left, and being built around....
This site will no doubt be new apartments by the time we visit next
This is the Hazelhurst junction of the Caldon canal. The main line continues down three locks and on to Froghall, the limit of navigation, although the canal originally went to Uttoxeter but was closed in 1847. The canal going off to the right of the picture is the Leek Branch.
Beefur in Hazlehurst top lock
The Hazelhurst aqueduct carries the Leek branch over the 'main' line
Icicles in the Hazelhurst aqueduct
Passing the Holly Bush at Denford (yes that is ice in front of us).
No time to stop - we're on a mission.
Cheddleton Flint Mill
Lovely old houses here
Ah, at last. Our first sight of the steam trains, the reason for us pushing on through the ice - to the Churnett Valley Railway steam weekend, and coinciding with a beer festival at the Black Lion Consal Forge - the pics of which I've already posted.
I did take a video of one of the steam trains passing us by, whistling away, but the whole clip coincided with the rail of a fence, so the whole of the train is obscured with just the steam billowing up behind the fence rail.
The reason for the canal in the first place - Limestone & limekilns at Consall Forge