Through Trentham Lock, we were soon into the suburbs of the the city. The first large building passed was a waste incinerator.
As we got closer we could see some work being carried out at the top of the chimney stack. A head for heights would be a must in this job.
Once we had passed through the newer industrial areas of Stoke, we began to encounter some remnants of the industrial past. Bottle kilns used in the firing of pottery, are found intermixed with the modern city.
We had passed several of the well known and famous makers of pots, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode. Then right next to the canal it was the turn of Middleport Pottery.
Soon after passing this pottery, we arrived out our mooring spot by Westport Lake. This is about a mile before Harecastle Tunnel which we will travel through tomorrow. The mooring here is about 200 yards long, and when we arrived we were the third boat. An hour later, after lunch and a walk round the lake, the whole length of the mooring was full, with further boats breasted up in places. It seems this is a popular spot.
Totals 8 Miles 6 Locks
Running total 259 Miles 165 Locks 12 Tunnels