Down the Trent & Mersey Canal

Escaping from the Stoke-on-Trent megalopolis, just down the Trent & Mersey canal lies the market town of Stone, which is a favourite place to stop overnight. Moorings right in the middle of town, the Co-Op delivers to the boat, or Morrisons is a short walk, plenty of decent restaurants, and of course the Star Inn, at which a glass of Guinness is mandatory…Star Inn, StoneStar Inn at Stone Bottom Lock

Then on down to Great Heywood in the rain, with a short diversion and stay on Tixall Wide (an odd place) then a night in Great Heywood Marina to catch up on chores and get the first engine oil change done.

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