Trent and Mersey Canal

Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, England

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About Trent and Mersey Canal

At 150.5 km (93.5 mi) in length, the Trent and Mersey Canal was built to link the River Trent at Derwent Mouth in Derbyshire with the River Mersey in the latter half of the 18th century.

It was the country’s first long distance canal and is now part of the Cheshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and the Four Counties canal rings.

One highlight of the route, which passes through the rolling countryside of Cheshire, through the Staffordshire Potteries and then through rural landscapes onto Derbyshire, is the Anderton Boat Lift. This provides a (15.2 m) 50 ft vertical link between the River Weaver and the canal and is the only working boat lift in England. Otherwise, the canal is known for the 31 locks that lift it up from the Cheshire plains, jokingly referred to as Heartbreak Hill.

Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, England
Latitude: 53.2872, Longitude: -2.606766

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