A feature of the track scene of the Trent and Mersey Canal are the mile posts, originally essential for the calculation of tolls. Every mile along the towpath there was a cast iron post showing the distance from the inland ports at either end of the canal.
Most of the mile posts in the Vale Royal section are original and were cast by a company in Stone named Rangeley & Dixon. They bear the entablature ‘R&D Stone
1819’. Most of them are “listed buildings”. Where the originals were missing the Trent and Mersey Canal Society have had replicas made, bearing the entablature
For further information on the Trent and Mersey Canal conservation area see here
Heh, every waterway leads to Shardlow... they make excellent bike parking spots when sitting for a rest, too. Irreverent, but useful...
I wonder how many bikes have been parked on it since 1819?
I often wonder, when studying a large tree in a churchyard (like, f'rinstance, here at Lullington), how many parishioners it must have seen christend, married and buried?
Just like the mileposts, if these features could talk, what tales they would tell...
This is a milepost at the canal side. You can see the comments from my Panoramio friend BrownhillsBob.
He is a very keen cyclist and has put some great videos of trips around the countryside. Here is one done not far from Birmingham I am sure you will like it!
Best wishes Peter
Wonderful trip!Thanks to You Peter for the reference!I just have made the trip around eastern and northern parts of Sankt Peterburg!I like cycling all day round!:)
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Photo taken in Wychnor, Staffordshire, UK
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