March 10, 2009


Of all England’s cities Stoke-on-Trent is the most declined and is denuded of industry. Stoke-on-Trent, the source of the Trent is not far from here on Biddolph Moor, is the best place in England to access the countryside via canals. Essentially it lies to the south west of the Pennines. Based on six towns Tunstall, Burslam, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Fenton and Longton it has disappeared industrially. At Etruria the Trent and Mersey goes off into Derbyshire. Ilam Youth Hostel Dovedale is within reach. Cycle back to Derby via Uttoxeter. The towns of Leek, Kidsgrove, Macclesfield and Congleton can be reached along the Macclefield Canal. Stay in Southport and cycle across to Sheffield via Chapel-en-le-frith.


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