The Stratford-on-Avon Canal - as it heads on into Stratford-upon-Avon and Bancroft Basin.
Having passed through Wilmcote Locks which are on the edge of Stratford-upon-Avon town itself, there are still a few more individual canal locks to navigate before reaching the southern end of the waterway at Bancroft Basin where the Stratford-on-Avon Canal connects with the River Avon. From here the canal is almost into Stratford-upon-Avon and the road bridges crossing the canal are mostly modern featureless concrete affairs - a couple of old railway bridges would be probably quite nice if they hadn't suffered from being covered in disgusting graffiti.
The towpath is now quite wide and hard-surfaced so very easy to walk or cycle along even in wet weather.
Chaly Beate Bridge 62a.
Chaly Beate Bridge 62a.
Bishopton Lock 51.
Lock 51 gates.
Railway Bridge 64a.
Railway Bridge 64b.
One Elm Lock 52.
One Elm Lockgates.
Maidenhead Road Lock53
Warwick Lane Lock 55.
Warwick Lane Lockgates
It's worth noting that England manages to have several different rivers called "The River Avon" - the River Avon which goes through Stratford-on-Avon is also called "Shakespeare's Avon and it's 96 mile course runs from just outisde of Naseby to Tewkesbury where it joins the River Severn. Other River Avons
are located in Devon, Hampshire and Wiltshire/Bristol - the latter is fully navigable and forms part of the lovely Kennet and Avon Canal which runs from Reading to Avonmouth
Wide Lock 56.
Lock 56 gates.
Once you have passed under Bridge 69 (which is the lowest bridge since Lapworth) you enter the centre of the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon at Bancroft Basin and this is the start (or end?) of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. The whole area
is very spacious and nicely paved and grassed and particularly on a sunny Summer weekend is really full of tourists (the Stratford-on-Avon / Shakespeare bit..).
The River Avon meets and connects with the Stratford-on-Avon Canal via Wide Lock 56 which is a double lock and from there you get excellent views of the River - which at this point is really wide. There is also a good view of the
beautifull Tramway Bridge (photo above). Tramway Bridge, which was built in 1823, got its name from being part of a 16 mile long horse-drawn tramway which ran between Moreton-in-Marsh (with a branch to Shipston-on-Stour) and the canal basin at Stratford-upon-Avon.
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