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.
Location of demolished railway bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
ex railway bridge.
Canal Foot-Bridge 39b, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bridge 39b.
Lock 28 on the Stratford on Avon Canal
Lock 28.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Lock 28 and cottage
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.
Typical brick sluice for Lock 28 on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Canal Sluice
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Lock 29
Lock 29.
Canal Lock29 Lockgates - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Lock 29 gates.
Canal Lock 30 controlling the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in England.
Lock 30.

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.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Lock 30
Lock 30.
Finwood Bridge crosses over The Stratford on Avon Canal
Finwood Bridge.
Stratford upon Avon Canal Bridge 40 - Finwood Bridge
Finwood Bridge 40.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Lock 31
Lock 31.
Lowsonford Bridge no:41 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lowsonford Bridge41.
Lowsonford Bridge 41
Bridge 41.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Lock 32
Lock 32.
Site of Demolished Canal bridge 42 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Missing Bridge 42.
Lock 33 - Stratford on Avon Canal, England
Lock 33.
Bridge 44 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 44.
Canal Bridge no: 44 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 44.
Yarningale Aqueduct next to Bucket Lock - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Yarningale Aqueduct.
The aqueduct at Bucket Lock - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Yarningale Aqueduct.
Bucket Lock 34 - Stratford on Avon Canal, England
Bucket Lock 34.
Bridge 44a - Bucket Lock Bridge - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bucket Lock Bridge.
Bucket Lock Bridge 44, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bucket Lock Bridge 44a.
Canal Bridge no: 45, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 45.
Stratford-upon-Avon Lock 35
Lock 35.
Old sign showing weight restrictions on a Straford upon Avon Canal Bridge
Old weight restriction sign.
Canal Bridge no: 45 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 45.
Preston Bagot Toplock 36 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Preston Bagot Toplock.
Canal Bridge no: 46 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 46.
Preston Bagot Lock 37 - Stratford-on-Avon Canal, England
Preston Bagot Lock 37.
Preston Bagot Bottomlock 38 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bottom lock 38.
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