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 Canal Bridge no:62a - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Chaly Beate Bridge 62a.
Chaly Beate Bridge 62a - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Chaly Beate Bridge 62a.
Canal Bridge 63 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 63.
Canal Bridge no: 63 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 63.
Bishopton Lock 51 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, England.
Bishopton Lock 51.
Lock gates at Bishopton Lock 51 - Stratford-on-Avon Canal
Lock 51 gates.
Canal Bridge no: 64, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 64.
Canal Railway Bridge no:64a - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Railway Bridge 64a.
Canal Railway Bridge 64b - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Railway Bridge 64b.
One Elm Lock 52 - Stratford on Avon Canal, England.
One Elm Lock 52.
Canal Bridge no: 65 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 65.
Lockgates at One Elm Lock - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
One Elm Lockgates.
Canal Bridge no: 66 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 66.
Stratford-on-Avon Canal Bridge no: 66
Bridge 66.
Maidenhead Road Lock no:53 - Stratford on Avon Canal, England
Maidenhead Road Lock53
Maidenhead Road Lock - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lock 53
Lock Gear at Maidenhead Road Lock no.53 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Lock 53.
Canal Bridge no: 67 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 67.
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal - Lock 54
Lock 54.
Warwick Lane Lock 55 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Warwick Lane Lock 55.
Canal Bridge no: 68 - Stratford on Avon Canal
Bridge 68.
Lockgates at Warwick Lane Lock - The Stratford-on-Avon Canal, England.
Warwick Lane Lockgates
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Bridge 69
Bridge 69.
Canal Bridge no: 69 - Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
Bridge 69.
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.
Bancroft Basin - in the centre of Stratford upon Avon
Bancroft Basin.
Canal and River meet at Wide Lock 56 in Stratford on Avon, England
Wide Lock 56.
Full width lock at Wide Lock 56 - Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Lock 56 gates.
Tramway Bridge crossing the River Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Tramway Bridge.
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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