This 2 disk set covers two waterways that meet at Middlewich in the heart of the salt industry.
The Shropshire Union
This is a completely new programme, filmed in 2008. It takes you on a 66 mile journey up the mainline of the Shropshire Union canal, from its junction with the Staffs and Worcester Canal in the South, to the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port in the North. The Southern section of the Shroppie, from Autherley Junction, is one of the latest of the narrow canals. Designed by Telford, it employed the “cut and fill” construction technique, with deep, sheer-sided cuttings and massive embankments. This is in sharp contrast to the much older wide beam canal to the north which meanders, river-like, around the contours of the landscape, and through some of the oldest and most attractive parts of the City of Chester. The canal terminates at a basin within the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, which is a “must” for any canal enthusiast. (Run Length 63 mins)
The Trent & Mersey Canal
Originally known as the Grand Trunk Canal, it formed the backbone of James Brindley’s vision for a waterway transport system linking the industrial centres to the coalfields, and to Britain’s major ports. The East coast ports are accessed via the River Trent, while at the western end, it joined the Mersey. It passes through the once heavily industrialised Potteries, where steel was once made, and it joins the coalfields of the North Midlands. Today most of the industry has gone as has coal extraction, and we are left with a pleasant cruising route which follows the valleys of the Rivers Weaver and upper Trent. (Run Length 57 mins)
In PAL DVD-R format, suitable for the UK, European and Australia / New Zealand markets. Will also play in laptops anywhere.