February Walk: Around Etruria

Saturday 1 February 2020. Start at 10.30am, finish by 4.00pm

Covering a concise area around Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent, taking-in the CRT Open Weekend for the Bedford Street staircase

OS 118 Stoke-on-Trent & Macclesfield   (Old) Pathfinder 809/SJ 84/94 Stoke-on-Trent

Parking & start: Etruria Industrial Museum car park B5046 Etruria Vale Road SJ873469  what3words: simple.humans.super

The walk will be short in distance but long in interest! We shall be looking at:

  • CRT’s work on the staircase flight
  • the Caldon canal through Hanley Park, where Stoke-on-Trent City Council is close to completing a multi-million pounds restoration scheme
  • Etruria Park
  • the Trent & Mersey canal and the site of the 1986 National Garden Festival
  • Etruria Bone Mill*

This is an area where steel making and pottery production, notably where Josiah Wedgwood built his home and first major works, have influenced and shaped the landscape. There’s mystery and intrigue around every corner!

The area boasts one of North Staffordshire’s finest proper pubs – The Holy Inadequate – and it’s a great place en-route for a pint and a pie.

* We shall be having a guided tour of the Mill, £4 per head, in the afternoon. The volunteers there would appreciate knowing the number to be expected so please advise us by Monday 27 January if you expect to be coming.

The route is generally good but, as always, stout shoes etc