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The tanks are raised by hydraulic rams which raise the water filled tanks and boats from the river to the canal fifty feet above.
However full restoration is now complete and the lift came back in service in 2002.It has some extremely attractive stretches and the isolated Consall Forge and Black Lion Pub must be visited, plus the restored steam Churnet Railway.The canal currently finishes at Froghall Wharf which can be reached by some boats through the very low Froghall Tunnel.The railway subsequently closed and part of it is now reopened as the Churnet Valley Railway.There are hopes that eventually both the railway and canal can reach Uttoxeter again, running through the Churnet Valley. The Anderton Boat Lift has two large watertight tanks which can each take two full length narrowboats.Based on the Shropshire Union near Chester, Halcyon Days Canal Boat Hire offer the keenest priced boating holidays on the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals, the Cheshire and Four Counties rings and beyond.
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It struggles from the Cheshire plains up thirty one locks, often called , to cut beneath Harecastle Hill in a spooky and watery tunnel one and three quarter miles long.
It passes through the industry of the Staffordshire Potteries out into rural Staffordshire and then Derbyshire.
To real boatpeople they were just the Cheshire Locks!
The Caldon Canal leaves the T&M mainline at Etruria, just north of Stoke on Trent, and meanders into the Staffordshire countryside, running for a short distance along the River Churnet.
Upstream from the Lift the Weaver can be followed through the centre of Northwich to Winsford Flashes.