The Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal - from Dickens Heath to the start of Lapworth Locks.
Up to this part of the Stratford upon Avon Canal there are very few bridges however from Dickens Heath onwards you start to regularly come across many really nice old bricked bridges. The towpath surface changes to more of a grass and dirt layer from here. When we last walked this stretch there had been little rainfall for several weeks and most of the towpath was dry. However it is obvious
from the cracked surface that in places this must get extremely muddy when wet and probably difficult to traverse for cyclists. The canal is completely lined with beautiful trees and quite dense foliage for some miles now and walking along
especially when there is a little bit of dappled sunshine getting through is a complete walking pleasure. Just after passing Bridge 16 a feeder arm meets the canal - this provides water to the canal from the 3 reservoirs at Earlswood Lakes - the reservoirs were built in the 1820s.
Lady Lane Wharf.
Warings Green Wharf.
M42 Bridge 20b.
The M42 motorway crosses the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal near to Bridge 20 - typically the motorway bridge (20a and 20b) is a modern concrete affair i.e. forget any sort of design - however luckily nature has covered most of it up with some nice trees and lots of foliage. Generally the towpath is bordered by fairly high undergrowth and hawthorn and is also quite narrow and pretty much stays like this until you reach Lift Bridge 28. What this means is there is little room and thus opportunity to stop to have a
break and maybe eat your sandwiches or sit down for a quick drink and rest along the way - there are in fact no bench seats provided until you reach just past Lapworth Lock 3. However there are several public houses next to the towpath which can be easily reached by walking over adjacent canal bridges.
Hockley Heath Arm.
Draw Bridge 26.
Swallow Cruises Wharf.
Lift Bridge 28.
Lift Bridge 28.
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