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.
Canal Bridge no14 crosses The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Bridge 14
Bridge:-15, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 15
The Stratford upon Avon Bridge 15
Bridge 15
Stratford upon Avon Canal and Bridge 16
Bridge 16
Bridge 16, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 16
Stratford upon Avon Canal feeder arm from Earlswood Reservoirs
Feeder Arm
Lady Lane Wharf, Stratford-on-Avon Canal, England
Lady Lane Wharf.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal, a Pipebridge
Canal pipebridge.
Trees, water and a pipe on The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Pipebridge
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge 17
Bridge 17.
Bridge 17, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 17.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal in England and Bridge18
Bridge 18.
Canal Bridge 18, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 18.
Stratford upon Avon Canal - Waring's Green Wharf
Warings Green Wharf.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge:-19
Bridge 19
Bridge 19, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 19.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge:-20
Bridge 20.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal and Bridge 20
Bridge 20.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: M42 Bridge
Bridge 20a.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal M42 roadbridge (20a)
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.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge21.
Bridge 21.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal and Bridge 21
Bridge 21.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge 22
Bridge 22.
Bridge 22, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 22.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Bridge 23
Bridge 23.
Canal Bridge 23, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 23.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal Bridge 24
Bridge 24.
Bridge 24, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 24.
Green everywhere on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Beautiful surroundings
The Stratford upon Avon Canal - Bridge 25
Bridge 25.
Bridge 25 - Stratford upon Avon Canal, England
Bridge 25.
Hockley Heath Side Arm, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Hockley Heath Arm.
Draw Bridge26 on the Stratford upon Avon Canal, England.
Draw Bridge 26.
Bridge 26 is a canal drawbridge on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Open drawbridge
The Stratford upon Avon Canal: Draw Bridge 26
Draw Bridge.
Stratford upon Avon Canal barges alongside a wharf
Swallow Cruises Wharf.
Stratford upon Avon Canal Bridge 27
Bridge 27.
Canal Bridge:27, The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 27.
Stratford upon Avon Canal - Lift Bridge
Lift Bridge 28.
Canal Lift Bridge 28, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lift Bridge 28.
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