Welcome to the unofficial Lock 38 information website - created by residents, for residents.

Click here to learn about the old Twyfords factory, the invention of flushing loos, our historic links with the world's largest circus, and the debate about 'Cliff Vale' or 'Cliffe Vale'?
28th March 2010
 Anglo-Saxon Encampment at the Etruria Industrial Museum, by the Poor Knights of St. Chad! ...
28th Mar 2010
 Glenn Airey from the Etruria Industrial Museum leads a guided history walk around Etruria ...
14th August 2010
 The annual Hartshill Summer Festival - with marching band, Punch & Judy show, motorcycle display team and gog training show ...
Right here on our doorstep:
The Trent & Mersey canal:.  Some 5,000 classic narrowboats pass by Lock 38 each summer, gently and quietly puttering along the canal, as the boaters watch the wildlife. Stop and chat, if they happen to be 'moored up' near Lock 38, and you'll find that many boaters have fascinating tales to tell about their journey.

A national-quality bicycle path, along the canal-side:
The towpath is a level off-road bicycle path, the official "No.5" long-distance route on the national network. Most of the surface was refurbished and re-laid in 2006. It is patrolled and looked after by volunteer SUSTRANS Rangers and by British Waterways. The Etruria Industrial Museum is a very short walk along the path. The path will also take you to Stoke-on-Trent train station and our local Post Office. The path is part of over 100 miles of new off-road cycle paths through the city.

The park-like and peaceful old cemetery grounds: Listen to the wind in the huge trees, watch squirrels and birds in the well-kept grounds of the cemetery, or stroll the wide paths. At the top, it meets up with the refurbished Hanley Park.
Less than one mile away:
Stoke-on-Trent railway station (fast inter-city trains to Birmingham or Manchester, or direct to London Euston in as little as 83 minutes) :: the A500 trunk road, and thus easy access to the M6 motorway :: the Film Theatre (Stoke's art-house cinema) :: Stoke F.E. College (for adult night-school classes) :: Staffordshire University and the huge University Library (join this wonderful library for �50 a year) :: Hartshill Park (a big nature reserve) :: the refurbished Victorian Hanley Park & historic Caldon Canal :: the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Less than two miles away:
Festival Park (the landscaped park, site of the National Garden Festival) :: Festival Park (the superstore retail park; Morrisons, Next, Currys, PC World, B&Q, Boots, and many more) :: Festival Park (the 'fun bits'; ski slope, 4-star hotel, Odeon cinema, canalside 'Toby' pub, the Waterworld tropical swimming centre) :: Stoke Repertory Theatre :: Forest Park :: Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum & Art Gallery :: Nuffield private hospital :: Newcastle-u-L private school :: New Vic Theatre :: Wolstanton Golf Course (18 holes) :: Newcastle-u-L Golf Course (18 holes) :: Burslem School of Art :: Burleigh & factory shop :: Stoke old town (the ancient church minster, a large Sainsburys, the King's Hall, Portmeirion factory shops, and Stoke Council offices) :: the Britannia Stadium (Stoke City F.C.).
A bit further away:   Westport Lakes :: Trentham Gardens :: Wedgwood Museum :: Keele University and its public arboretum :: Manchester University (Crewe & Alsager campus) :: Alton Towers :: Biddulph Grange (NT) :: (NT) :: the Peak District National Park :: the Birmingham NEC & NEC Arena and Birmingham International Airport (both served by direct inter-city trains from Stoke station).


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Updated: 5th March 2010.