This 2 disk set covers the two waterways that meet at Great Haywood Junction. The Staffs & Worcester Canal The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, often called the Staffs and Worcs (pronounced “Woosts”), leaves the wide River Severn at Stourport and potters along twisting river valleys and then through some remarkable sandstone scenery around Kinver. It skirts the edge of suburban Wolverhampton where it joins the Shroppie at Autherley Junction. It avoids heavy industry and crosses the wide open farmland of Cannock Chase before joining the Trent & Mersey canal near the beautiful Tixall Wide. It is 46 miles long with 45 locks so allow 4 or 5 days. 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.