Yesterday we walked a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal between Sandon Lock and Salt that we hadn't walked before. As you know from previous posts over the last few years we have walked, in sections, the length of the canal from Stone to Kidsgrove and beyond the Harecastle tunnel.
We parked the car just beyond the bridge, struggled into our wellington boots and made our way down the path towards the canal towpath.
The ice was cracked and broken as if something had tried to move through it leaving behind floating blocks that had frozen together again.
In some areas even the towpath was thick with ice as you can see from the photo below - we had to be very careful not to slip.
To the left of the photo and running parallel to the canal is the railway and beyond that the road. To the right, just over the fence runs the River Trent over which the mist hung heavily, floating across the top of the moving water.
By this time our fingers and toes were beginning to feel the cold - it was time to turn around and head back.