Harecastle Tunnel (North end)
Navigational note for Harecastle Tunnel:
Summer opening hours
8am – 5pm from 1st March to 17th May 8am – 6pm From 17th May
to 6th September Last craft in the Tunnel at 5.15pm if the
Tunnel is free both ways. 8am – 5pm From 6th September to 31st
October. To be guaranteed a passage, craft must arrive by 4.00pm. For
any enquiries call 03030 404040 during office hours. == Winter
opening hours == By appointment only – Telephone 03030 404040
giving at least 48 hours notice. Mondays & Wednesdays - 8.30pm to
12pm (last passage 11.15am)
Fridays - 11.30am to 3.00pm (last passage 2.15pm)
Saturdays - 8.30am to 12.30pm (last passage 11.45am)
Closed: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.
Mooring here is tolerable (it's just about possible if really necessary) , mooring rings or bollards are available. Mooring is limited to 24 hours. Rated as 'tolerable' only because it is POSSIBLE to moor here, but it is gloomy and feels unsafe, with lots of noise from the nearby railway.
Facilities: chemical toilet disposal, rubbish disposal and water point.
|Ravensdale Bridge No 129||2 miles, 2¼ furlongs|
|Tunstall Pipe Bridge||2 miles, 1 furlong|
|Chatterley Arm Bridge No 129A||2 miles|
|Turnover Bridge No 130||1 mile, 6 furlongs|
|Harecastle Tunnel (South end)||1 mile, 5¼ furlongs|
|Harecastle Tunnel (North end)|
|Harecastle Bridge No 131||½ furlongs|
|Kidsgrove Railway Bridge||½ furlongs|
|Turnover Bridge No 132||1¼ furlongs|
|Hardings Wood Railway Bridge||2¼ furlongs|
|Hardings Wood Junction||2¾ furlongs|
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- NarrowBoat Through Harecastle Tunnel
- A narrowboat goes through the Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey canal at Kidsgrove in Staffordshire. This is the Telford side, running for 2,926 yards (1.66 miles). The video is 1min 35sec long, though the actual journey shown was just under 40minutes.
- Trent & Mersey Canal Society
- For all who are interested in this canal
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Nearest water pointThe nearest water point is here. Others are at:
Nearest rubbish disposalThe nearest rubbish disposal is here. Others are at: Travel to Hardings Wood Junction, then on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Harding's Wood to Middlewich) to Red Bull Services Travel to Etruria Junction, then on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Main Line to Froghall) to Etruria Services
Nearest chemical toilet disposalThe nearest chemical toilet disposal is here. Others are at:
Nearest place to turn
Nearest self-operated pump-outTravel to Hardings Wood Junction, then on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Harding's Wood to Middlewich) to Red Bull Services Travel to Etruria Junction, then on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Caldon Branch - Main Line to Froghall) to Etruria Services Travel to Etruria Junction, then on the Trent and Mersey Canal (Main Line - Great Haywood to Etruria) to Aston Marina (Entrance)
Nearest boatyard pump-out
Wikipedia has a page about Harecastle Tunnel
Harecastle Tunnel is a canal tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire between Kidsgrove and Tunstall. The tunnel, which is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) long, was once one of the longest in the country. Its industrial purpose was for the transportation of coal to the kilns in the Staffordshire Potteries. The canal runs under 195 m (640 ft) Harecastle Hill near Goldenhill, the highest district in Stoke-on-Trent. Although described singularly as a tunnel, Harecastle is actually two separate but parallel tunnels built almost 50 years apart. The first was constructed by James Brindley in the late 18th century and the second larger tunnel was designed by Thomas Telford, and opened in the late 1820s.
Only the Telford tunnel remains navigable after a partial collapse closed the Brindley tunnel shortly before the First World War. As the Telford tunnel is only wide enough for a single boat, canal traffic is managed by sending alternating northbound and southbound groups of boats through the tunnel. Ventilation is handled by large fans at the south portal.
- Kenneth Jones Solicitors
Church View, The Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1AE — 124 yards to the northeast.
- RMMC Electrical
Stoke-on-Trent — 1461 yards to the northeast.
- Stoke Divers
Stoke-on-Trent — 1332 yards to the southwest.
- Design Your Life
Kidsgrove — 1339 yards to the northeast.
- Harecastle Tunnel (Landmark & Historical Place)
Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4 — 1389 yards to the southeast.
- Lucy Walters Hair Artist
Stoke-on-Trent — 1163 yards to the west.
- Kidsgrove Slimming World (Meeting Room, Medical & Health)
the wade centre next to st thomas church the avenue. kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1AG — 79 yards to the southeast.
10a Heathcote St, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4AA — 464 yards to the northeast.
- Spb. Construction (Portable Building Service)
Third Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, 57 — 178 yards to the northwest.
- Kidsgrove railway station (Landmark & Historical Place, Transit Stop)
Station Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1 — 211 yards to the north.
- Lashes & Laser by Kirsty
26 Old Butt Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1NJ — 1265 yards to the northwest.
Kidsgrove — 814 yards to the east.
- The Sitting Room Photography Studio. (Business Service)
1A Station Rd Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1BX — 322 yards to the north.
- Squirrel Media
Mitchell Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1JJ — 878 yards to the west.
- Whitehill, Staffordshire (City)
Stoke-on-Trent, RG25 3 — 1483 yards to the northeast.
- Toby Carvery
Congleton Road, Talke, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1LW — 1342 yards to the west.
- The Little Cakehouse (Cupcake Shop)
268 Congleton Road, Talke, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1LW — 1246 yards to the west.
- 247 Key Solutions
Stoke-on-Trent — 1605 yards to the east.
- Pets of Pluto
Kidsgrove — 1339 yards to the northeast.
- DRB Automotive
Stoke-on-Trent — 1275 yards to the west.
- A and M car valeting business
4 William road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4BX — 1472 yards to the northeast.
- Solaris Images
Stoke-upon-Trent — 1347 yards to the west.
- Bathpool Park Nelson Bank
Bathpool Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4 — 797 yards to the southeast.
- The Red Bull, Kidsgrove
Congleton Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 3 — 1357 yards to the northwest.
- Precious Gems
Whitehill Methodist Church, Kidsgrove, ST74DS — 1191 yards to the northeast.
- Tiny Jayne's goodies shop
Stoke-upon-Trent — 1118 yards to the northeast.
- Gemz Limo Bus
Staffordshire — 318 yards to the east.
- Girlguiding Kidsgrove District (Nonprofit Organization, Charity Organization)
Stoke-on-Trent — 36 yards to the northeast.
- Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps
The Avenue, Kidsgrove — 66 yards to the northeast.
- Busy Bee cleaning services and home help
Talke, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1UX — 1416 yards to the west.
- DJP Autos Recoveries & Transport
Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST74DH — 1538 yards to the northeast.
- LunaBoo Handmade Bags (BagsLuggage)
Stoke-on-Trent — 1138 yards to the west.
- Kidsgrove Athletic F.C. (Stadium, Arena & Sports Venue, Sports Team)
Hollinwood Close, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1 — 626 yards to the southwest.
Stoke-on-Trent — 1270 yards to the east.
- The Wade Centre
The Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1AG — 107 yards to the east.
- Kidsgrove Ladsandads
mount road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4AY — 1518 yards to the northeast.
- Kidsgrove Market
King Street, Kidsgrove, ST7 1HW — 709 yards to the northeast.
- The Crown - the pin
67 Chapel Street, Butt Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1NN — 1250 yards to the west.