|Cheddleton Flint Mill|
Just before the terminus at Froghall comes Froghall Tunnel. This is equally famous for being one of the lowest and most restricted tunnels on the system. Many narrowboats are too big to get through and a gauge is provided at the last lock before it .for boaters to check I'm told by others who have attempted it that the gauge is unduly pessimistic and on that basis Starcross might have got through, but only by unscrewing the vent for the water heater from the roof and the bell terret from the pigeon box. Even then the handrails would probably have needed repainting afterwards, so I'm afraid I wimped out and we winded and the walked the last few hundred meters to Froghall Basin
|Moored at Froghall - as far as we could go. The black pipe on the left centre |
of the roof would have to be removed to get through the tunnel
|Hazelhurst Aqueduct - we'll be going over the top in about half-an-hour|
For a short branch of only three miles the Leek arm is not short of interesting (and expensively maintained?) structures. Just before the end comes Leek Tunnel where a huge portal is pierced by a tiny bore.
|Moored for the night at the very end of the Leek Branch|