Foxt Lane, Froghall,
Once a hive of industrial activity, this old canal-side wharf is a lovely tranquil picnic spot alongside the terminus of the Caldon Canal and Uttoxeter Canal Basin. There are way-marked walks that lead from the site onto the rights of way network and canal towpath. This is a popular spot for walkers to begin exploring the Churnet Valley and there are grade 2 listed Lime Kilns on the site and other remnants of the industrial past can be found in the wooded valley beyond.
There is a Visitor Centre which was once the stables for horses that worked the site. The centre houses information on the history of the site and sells leaflets but this has no set opening times and is open only as and when staff are available. There are 2 car parks both of which are open 24/7 all year round.
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From Leek take the A523 (Ashbourne Rd) and follow this road to Bottomhouse, turning right at the Green Man Public House onto the B5053. Follow this road to its end at Froghall, turning left and left again, a 100 yards after arriving at The Visitor Centre.
This is a Picnic area in a rural setting and whilst every effort has been made to give good access in high use areas such as the Visitor Centre there are inevitably areas of the wider site that due to topography and ground conditions are unsuitable for wheelchair access or for people with impaired mobility.