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Uttoxeter Canal

The starting point for the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal is the Alton to Crumpwood length, which contains surviving locks, the last remaining bridge, and an unusual ‘level crossing’.

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13 miles

(20.9km)

The length of the Uttoexeter Canal restoration.

17 locks

1849

Year closed

From Alton to Crumpwood

The canal closed 180 years ago, and parts of its route were then used for building a railway line.

The first section at Froghall links to the Caldon Canal. There are several missing locks; a blockage where a main road crosses; and the Churnet Valley Steam Railway, which make it a tricky and expensive stretch to restore. 

An easier place to start, was the Alton to Crumpwood length. The stretch is bypassed by a disused railway. There are surviving locks, the last remaining bridge, and an unusual ‘level crossing’ of the River Churnet. The plan is to restored this as a ‘showpiece’ length and visitor site, with a public tripboat to raise funds and support for more canal restoration.

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