Some 350 metres north-west of Denstone Lane, the canal would branch off to the east towards Calwich Cottage Farm. Two locks would be required. Sufficient room exists for the canal to cross the B5032 between Calwich Cottage and the River Churnet.
The main challenge in this area is to find a route for the canal that enhances rather than reduces flood management capacity in the valley. Once the canal reaches Denstone, the original alignment has been almost entirely lost. A number of options were identified and assessed in general terms as part of the Feasibility Study.
For details of each option follow the link relevant at the foot of the page.
This is undoubtedly the easiest section of the canal to restore. Once a route has been found through Alton Station which accommodates any future restoration of the railway, the canal is mostly still there with some of it in water. Volunteers should be able to tackle all but the most substantial restoration tasks in this area.
On the surface this might appear to be an easy section to restore as the entire line is undeveloped, and is a popular walking route. Unfortunately, below the surface large gas, electric and sewage mains have been installed which would need to be relocated.
In this area there are three main issues: getting through the Froghall area; realigning the canal where it is close to the Churnet Valley Railway; and finding a new route through Oakamoor village. The very remote nature of the valley presents a challenge if materials and labour are to be brought in and out, but the railway may be the solution for this rather than building new access routes.