Monday, May 23, 2022

Up the locks to Stoke on Trent

Monday 23rd May 2022

Last night we walked up to the Trentham village Toby carvery for our Sunday roast. En-route we passed both this amazing tree root growing up a disused railway bridge

and also passed this amazing rose growing in some-one’s front garden.

The meal was excellent and the service was superb. Graham had read some worrying reviews on T’interwebnet about surly and rude staff but the service we received from Lauren was wonderful.

This morning we set off just after 9am with the target of getting to the top of the Stoke locks before the predicted rain starting after midday. We passed under this bridge undergoing repair just before the Bet365 arena. 


As we arrived at the bottom lock another boat was going in but we had southbound boats at every lock and CaRT vo-lockies at three of them. An easy ascent.

We did a tight, rope assisted, turn into the services at the junction with the (currently closed) Caldon. nb Willow was already on the water point filling their tank so we tied alongside and waited for them to finish. When they left, we pulled onto the services and attempted to use the pump-out machine but it refused to accept our pre-paid card – do these have a ‘use by’ date?

Not able to do a self pump-out due to a grid firmly affixed across the top of the elsan disposal point so we winded and left. At Festival park marina they wanted £20 and we know our tank is not anywhere near full so we didn’t bother with that either.


Tied up just after the Festival Park Toby and then went on the bus to Newcastle under Lyme for Brenda’s pilgrimage to the fabric store just after the forecast rain arrived. This was followed by a visit to the Holy Inadequate after it had opened at 4pm and then back to the boat as Graham is controlling blood-bikes tonight.


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