Caldon Canal

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Slowroad
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Caldon Canal

Postby Slowroad » 8 May 2014, 10:15pm

Does anyone know if you can cycle along the canal from Stoke to Leek? (Which I think is the Caldon Canal). My UK Cycle Route Planner indicates that you can, but Sustrans and county council maps don't.
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andrew_s
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Re: Caldon Canal

Postby andrew_s » 9 May 2014, 12:07am

http://cycle.travel/map would seem to think that you can't.
It generally has a preference for cycle tracks, towpaths etc, so I'd believe that it at least means that the towpath is unsurfaced. It similarly avoids the section of the Kennet & Avon that I know is unsurfaced and unsuitable for a road bike.

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Re: Caldon Canal

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 9 May 2014, 8:25am

You can cycle from Stoke to Stockton Brook, but it's unsurfaced beyond there - for now, anyway: I think the plan is to upgrade it further. Looks like someone has been messing around with the route in OSM - it should really be showing as cyclable - so I'll fix that and it should show up on cycle.travl in a few days.
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Re: Caldon Canal

Postby elduderino12 » 9 May 2014, 11:29am

Upgrades are currently taking place in parts beyond Stockton Brook as a result some sections of the towpath are closed. The unsurfaced parts are okay to ride if dry, not so good if wet. Some nice quiet country lanes either side of it though. I'd steer clear of the A53.

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Re: Caldon Canal

Postby Slowroad » 9 May 2014, 7:03pm

Cheers! Very useful - I'm thinking of staying over at the Leek CCC campsite and that seemed a nice and level way to get to Leek from the station at Stoke - but nice quiet country lanes will be just as good!
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