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10 July

365 Great Things About Staffordshire - Staffordshire is at the heart of the inland waterways network with more miles of canals than any other Shire county

These provide a major facility for residents, anglers, boaters and canoeists, cyclists, artists, joggers and walkers. Canals are also part of our heritage and played a major part in the Industrial Revolution.

Enjoying Staffordshire's waterways

Perfect for leisurely days out by the water with a picnic, enjoying the peace and wildlife, or taking in a welcoming canalside pub.

Better still, why not take a narrow boat holiday? You’ll find plenty of boatyards and marinas for boat hire.

Captain your own boat

Travel Staffordshire's canals in style on 3/4 star deluxe holiday narrow boats with  Heritage Narrow Boats. Moving at 3 mph (or 3 locks per hour), you cannot help but relax and unwind.

And  Canal Cruising, set in a picturesque boatyard in Stone, right at the centre of the canal network, there's a wide choice of routes in every direction.

Lakes & Reservoirs

Lying at the foot of a hillside,  Rudyard Lake offers peace and tranquility. Take a walk, sail a boat, catch a fish or climb aboard thelakes very own land train. 

Set on the edge of the Peak District National Park  Tittesworth Reservoir is the perfect spot for a leisurely walk or wet 'n' wild watersports, and there's also a visitor centre and restaurant.

Marinas & Junctions

To the east of the County you'll find  Barton Marina with its fantastic shops, alfresco dining and the Waterfront pub. There's also plenty of walks around the marina, lakes and woodlands.

On the Staffordshire-Derbyshire border is  Mercia Marina, the largest inland marina in Europe, where you can moor up and explore boutique independent stores, tea rooms and more.

And at  Fradley Junction, near Burton and Lichfield, you can relax in a canalside cafe or explore art and crafts at the Junction Gallery.

Similarly Norbury Wharf, near Gnosall, has a wonderful pub & restaurant, café and gift shops and scheduled ‘cream tea’ or ‘fish n chip’ supper cruises available to book.

With hundreds of miles of waterways to explore in Staffordshire, the only problem is deciding where to start!

More about Staffordshire's waterways at  Staffs Waterways

Thanks to Enjoy Staffordshire for the information

Picture: A busy day at Fradley Junction. Photo credit: waterwayimages

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