Saturday, 25 June 2016

Staffs and Worcs Canal 2016

Our Summer Cruise to London 2016

To Tixall Wide June 2016

Day 9 Around Stafford to Tixall Wide - 9.5 miles and 5 locks
Day 10 and 11 - Moored at Tixall Wide

We continue our route northwards and then eastwards, heading for Brindley's other major canal achievement, the Trent and Mersey Canal. The route takes us through some lovely countryside, only a walk from Stafford.
We had decided to stop at Tixall Wide for a few days, one of our favourite places to moor.

The Captain locking the boat down Deptmore Lock - at 10' 3" pretty deep

Passing the well appointed Stafford Boat Club

This is Brindley's idea of a low bridge
On the canals you are never far from the railways - here a Freightliner chases on the Stafford line from Rugby 

Moored at Tixall Wide - a man made lake to disguise the canal, a requirement of the landowner,  Thomas Clifford, son of the 3rd Baron of Chudleigh. Constructed in 1771, it is said that Izaac Walton learnt to fish on this lake!

The Elizabeth Gatehouse opposite where we are moored. Added in 1580 to Tixall Manor, it is all that is left of the House, although the working Farm still stands. The house was demolished in 1927 and the estate sold off piecemeal in 1960.
You can stay in the Gatehouse as a holiday let!
The main claim to fame is that Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for two weeks in 1586, before being moved to Fotheringhay Castle.

Sunset over Tixall Wide

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