Un­cov­er­ing Ut­tox­eter


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A length of the Ut­tox­eter Canal is pic­tured emerg­ing from the un­der­growth af­ter more than a cen­tury and a half of dere­lic­tion, thanks to the ef­forts of over 80 vol­un­teers dur­ing Water­way Re­cov­ery Group’s an­nual ‘Bon­fire Bash’ re­union and ma­jor work­ing party.

The vol­un­teers tar­geted a length of canal near Al­ton, Stafford­shire, which hasn’t seen a boat since the 1840s when the Ut­tox­eter (an ex­ten­sion of the Cal­don Canal) was closed and parts of its route used for a rail­way line. Dur­ing the week­end, the first clear signs were un­cov­ered of Charlesworths Lock, whose ex­act po­si­tion had not been known by Cal­don & Ut­tox­eter Canals Trust, while the next lock, Car­ring­tons Lock, was cleared of veg­e­ta­tion and shown to be in bet­ter con­di­tion than had been thought. Look­ing back on a highly suc­cess­ful week­end, CUCT’s Steve Wood said “I never cease to be as­ton­ished by what WRGies do, and all with smiles and jokes on the way.” In the medium term, the Trust hopes to es­tab­lish a nav­i­ga­ble length suit­able for trip-boat op­er­a­tion in this area, as a step to­ward its long-term goal of re­open­ing the route through­out.

WRG’s vol­un­teers clear the Ut­tox­eter Canal near Al­ton

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