The Stratford-on-Avon Canal Canal Bridge 39b through to Preston Bagot Bottomlock 38.
Beautiful countryside, lots to look at including canal locks, bridges and aqueducts, the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is excellent for walkers and Cyclists.
Since a peaceful start for narrowboat owners along The Stratford-on-Avon Canal from Kings Norton Junction and then having a lot of activity while passing through the huge flight of canal locks at Lapworth some sort of relaxation might be envisaged with the prospect of a quiet ride on south into Stratford-on-Avon itself.
However one look at the Nicholson Guide shows
that having meandered over the beautiful Edstone Aqueduct there are still one or two canal locks to negotiate on the way including the lovely flight of locks at Wilmcote.
ex railway bridge.
Cottages at Lock 28.
Barrel Vaulted (roof) Cottages unique on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. Just above there is a photo of the type of a lock-keeper's cottage the design of which was quite unique to the Stratford upon Avon Canal. During construction of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal - in order to save money - the cottages were single storey and had such barrel vaulted roofs. This inexpensive type of roof is ideal for
construction of rectangular shaped buildings and is simply a sequence of spaced arches placed beside each other. It is also mentioned sometimes that these roofs were particularly easy to construct since the framework knowledge was already available because of the canal bridge designs.
Lock 29 gates.
Canals don't just have bridges and locks - they also need fully functioning sluices. Canal sluices are often ignored by people wandering or floating along canals - but the whole thing would grind to a halt without them. Every lock must have a sluice to allow a way for the water blocked or released by lock operations to escape - in effect they keep control of the water levels. The picture above left shows a typical nicely bricked and shaped sluice controlling the water level for Stratford-upon-Avon
Canal lock 28.
Finwood Bridge 40.
Missing Bridge 42.
Bucket Lock 34.
Bucket Lock Bridge.
Bucket Lock Bridge 44a.
Old weight restriction sign.
Preston Bagot Toplock.
Preston Bagot Lock 37.
Bottom lock 38.
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