The Caldon Canal runs from the Trent and Mersey Canal at Etruria Junction, through the heart of the once-industrialised Potteries before heading up into the Staffordshire Moorlands, and terminating at the junction with the Uttoxter Canal at Froghall. The Caldon Canal is 17 miles (27 km) long, has 17 locks, 3 operational lift-bridges and one tunnel. At Froghall, the first lock of the Uttoxeter Canal has recently been restored, leading to a basin with visitor moorings.
There is one branch (the Leek Branch), which runs from Hazelhurst Junction to the outskirts of Leek, just short of its original terminus. The branch is 3 miles (4.8 km) long, has no locks and one tunnel.
The maximum size of boat that can use the canal is
length: 74' 9" (22.79 metres) - lock 16 (Oakmeadowford Lock)
beam: 7' 4" (2.25 metres) - lock 17 (Flint Mill Lock)
height: 6' 2" (1.88 metres) - bridge 10 - and 5' 0" (1.52 metres) through Froghall Tunnel
draught: 4' 3" ( 1.3 metres) - lock 16
Locks 1 and 2 at Etruria are in a staircase.
A handcuff key is required for anti-vandal locks at Lock 3 (Planet)
A Sanitary Station key is required to operate the lift bridges 11 (Ivy House) and 21 (Norton Green)
A windlass is required to operate lift bridge 23 (Long Butts)