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Canal de Trent y Mersey



Récord: 150.50 km

Tipo: Canales




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Continente: Europa

País: Reino Unido

Localización: Conecta el río Trent con Mersey

Año: 1777

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:El Canal de Trent y Mersey es un largo canal de 93,5 millas (150,5 kilometros) que recorre el East Midlands, West Midlands, y el noroeste de Inglaterra. Se trata de un 'canal estrecho' en la inmensa mayoría de su longitud, pero en las extremidades al este de Burton upon Trent y al oeste de Middlewich, se trata de un canal ancho.

Las esclusas y puentes estrechos son lo suficientemente grandes para una sola barcaza de 7 pies de ancho (2,1 m) x 72 pies de largo (22 m), mientras que las grandes esclusas pueden acomodar embarcaciones de 14 pies de ancho (4,3 m), o dos barcazas una al lado de la otra.


Trent and Mersey Canal

The Trent & Mersey Canal connects the river Trent navigation at Derwent Mouth near Shardlow with the Bridgewater Canal at Preston Brook, which formerly gave access to the Mersey at Runcorn. At present the Runcorn locks are derelict, although restoration is proposed. The Mersey can still be reached either via the Anderton Boat Lift and river Weaver to the Manchester Ship Canal or via the Middlewich Arm and Shropshire Union Canal to Ellesmere Port. The Trent & Mersey Canal also connects with the Macclesfield Canal via the Hall Green Branch at Kidsgrove, the Caldon Canal at Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal at Great Haywood, and the Coventry Canal at Fradley Junction, justifying its original name of the Grand Trunk. Other former connections were the Burslem Arm (restoration proposed) and Newcastle-under-Lyme Canal (derelict and mostly filled in) in the Stoke area, the Bond End Canal at Burton-on-Trent and the Derby Canal (under restoration) at Swarkestone. From Derwent Mouth to Horninglow Wharf at Burton the canal was built wide beam to take Upper Trent barges, and also from Preston Brook to Big Lock at Middlewich to take Mersey Flats, although this section was later restricted by Dutton stop lock and at Croxton aqueduct. The Trent & Mersey Canal is 93 miles long and has 76 locks.

The maximum size of boat that can navigate throughout the Trent & Mersey Canal is

length: 72' (21.95 metres) - Shardlow Lock

beam: 7' 3" (2.2 metres) - Sandon Lock

height: 5' 9" (1.74 metres) - Harecastle Tunnel

draught: 3' 3" (0.98 metres) - cill of Dallow Lock


Trent and Mersey Canal

Researched and written by Jeannette Briggs

The reason for the construction of this canal in the first place was the need to link the Midlands by water with the ports of Liverpool on the west coast and Hull on the east coast. The route was designed to cut through the centre of England via such manufacturing towns as Stoke on Trent and the Potteries. Not surprisingly the china manufacturer Joseph Wedgewood was one of the chief instigators of the canal. He saw the obvious economic benefits of cheap and rapid transport of his delicate wares to the ports for export and relatively cheap transport for huge amounts of china clay and other bulky raw materials between the ports and his factories in the Potteries towns.

The canal continued to be successful right up until 1914 and the start of the Great War. Nowadays hardly any freight is carried on the canal, but it is a main link between so many of the other canals that are used for pleasure boating. As such, it continues to enjoy large amounts of boating and cruising traffic between the great lock on the River Trent at Long Eaton in Nottingham and the end of the canal near the River Weaver in Cheshire. Two notable constructions of the canal age should be mentioned: these are the Harecastle Tunnel near Stoke on Trent and the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich. More of these later.

You enter the Trent and Mersey canal proper at Trent Lock, which is on the Sawley Cut of the River Trent, near the junction with the Erewash Canal. The nearest settlement of any note is the village of Sawley, whose mediaeval church is stunning. There is a marina here with all the usual facilities, and a pub called The Steamboat Inn.


Trent & Mersey Canal

This cross-country canal takes in the best of what the North Midlands has to offer, with stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.

The canal takes you through some of the best scenes that our waterways have to offer, from the towering Anderton Boat Lift through to the heritage-rich industrial sites of Stoke-on-Trent’s potteries district and the nature reserve at picturesque Fradley Junction.

The Trent & Mersey Canal, engineered by James Brindley, was the country’s first long-distance canal. It is full of interesting features, which reflect its history. These include Harecastle Tunnel, the lengthy lock flight known as ‘Heartbreak Hill’, and the traditional canal town of Shardlow.

The towpath creates a green corridor through Stoke-on-Trent, as well as offering a cycling and walking route through rural Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.










Web recomendada: http://www.canalguide.co.uk/canals/britain_canal_trent.htm

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Inserción: 2016-08-10 20:10:21


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