Bridges, Locks and Ponds to enjoy on The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.

This is not a particularly long stretch of the canal but as it descends through the lock flight it is packed with locks, pounds/ponds and beautiful bridges.

The Stratford upon Avon Canal perhaps has something of a split personality as far as it's bridges are concerned. Right up too and including Bridge 31 they are standard brick-built bridges with room under the bridge on one side or the other for the towpath - the exception being Bridge 30 which is a turnover bridge - allows the towpath to change sides. However once at Lock 7 you come across a complete change - many of the bridges are made of cast iron and there are footbridges placed at the end of many of the locks. These bridges were constructed in two sections with a one inch gap in the centre which enabled the tow-ropes attached to the horses to be passed through and thus avoid frequent un-harnessing.

Bridge 32 is a cast iron canal turnover footbridge

(see the photo below) i.e. the towpath changes sides and to accommodate the towrope and avoid un-harnessing and tangling up the tow-rope was guided round an iron "cotton reel".
Lapworth Lock 7, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lock 7
Surround with trees - Lock 7, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lock 7
The lock gates at Lock 7, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lock 7
Bridge 32 at Lock 7, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Bridge 32 Lock 7
Old cast iron Bridge - bridge 32 near the top of the Lapworth Lock Flight, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Cast Iron Bridge
Bridge 32 cog, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Bridge 32 cog
Stratford upon Avon Canal - Lapworth Lock no.7
Lapworth Lock 7
Beautiful Cast Iron Bridge 32 at Lapworth Lock Flight, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 32
Straight on view of Lock 8, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 8
Lapworth Lock 8, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lock 8
Lock 8 double paddles, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 8 gates
Lock 8 lockgates, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 8 lockgates
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.8, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 8.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.9, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 9.
Stratford upon Avon Canal and an empty Lapworth Lock no.9
Lapworth Lock 9.
Lock 9 lockgates, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 9 lockgates
Lock 9, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 9
Looking into Lapworth Lock 10, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 10.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.10, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 10.
View of several of Lapworth's flight of locks, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Part of the Lock Flight.
Lapworth Lock 11, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 11.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.11, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 11.
Flowering Rush beside Lock12, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Flowering Rush
side view of Lock 12, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 12
Lock 12 pound on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 12
Lapworth Lock 12, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 12.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.12, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 12.
Lapworth Lock 13, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 13.
Lockgates at Lapworth Lock no.13, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 13.
The Pound between locks 13 and 14, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Pound between 13 and 14
Lock 14, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 14
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.14, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 14.
Lock no.14 and bridge 33 and pipe, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lock-14 Bridge-33 Pipe.
Bridge 33 and two pipes, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 33 + Pipes.
Pipebridge and Bridge 33, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 33 + Pipebridge.
Bridge 34, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Canal Bridge no.34.
Bridge no.34 over the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Canal Bridge no.34.
Lock15 gates, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock15 gates
Lapworth Lock 15, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 15.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.15, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 15.
The Pound at Lapworth Lock 16, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lapworth Lock 16.
Lock 16, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 16
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.16, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 16.
Lockgates at Lock 16, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 16
Lapworth Locks - Locks 17 and 16
Lapworth Lock 17.
Lapworth Lock Flight and Lock no.17
Lapworth Lockgates 17.
Lapworth Lock 18, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lapworth Lock 18
Single paddle gate at Lapworth Lock 18, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 18.
Lapworth Locks - Lock no.18, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lapworth Lock 18.
Bridge 35, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Canal Bridge no.35.
pipebridge at bridge 35, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
PipeBridge by bridge 35.
Bridge 35, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Canal Bridge no.35.
Just a short distance from the above Canal Bridge 35 the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal arrives at Kingswood Junction. Kingswood Junction is around half way along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and the only other way canal boats can get onto the waterways network - in this case able to go onto the Grand Union Canal via the short Lapworth Link.
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