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Kennet Avon Canal Newbury to Devizes

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SU2763

Mill Bridge No.62: Beech Tree Walk Bridge No.98: Beech Grove Lock No.63: New Bridge No.99:

SU2763 2013 SU2763 : Kennet & Avon canal, between bridges 97 and 96 by Christine Johnstone
2012 SU2763 : Kennet and Avon canal, towards Great Bedwyn by Brian Robert Marshall
2014 SU2763 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of bridge 97 by Robin Webster
2012 SU2763 : Great Bedwyn moorings by Gillie Rhodes
2017 SU2763 : 'Whisby Wanderer', Kennet & Avon canal, west of Great Bedwyn by Brian Robert Marshall
1995 SU2763 : Kennet and Avon Canal by Martin Addison
2013 SU2763 : Kennet & Avon canal, narrowed by rushes by Christine Johnstone
2012 SU2763 : Kennet and Avon canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall


1976
SU2763 : Mill Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Mill Bridge carries an important minor road linking Great Bedwyn with Wilton and East Grafton.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2007
SU2763 : Mill Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
For an image of Mill Bridge is the unkempt state it was in 1976 before restoration of the canal, see SU2763 : Mill Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2763 : Mill Bridge by Graham Horn
It looks fragile, but this is a road bridge, carrying a country lane into Great Bedwyn.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU2763 : The Kennet and Avon canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
Imagine if you will boatloads of Nazi forces proceeding along the canal in 1940 when Britain stood alone against the rampaging Axis armies making free with Europe. Intelligence sources have since revealed that when the Austrian housepainter who was leading Germany at the time discovered the existence of concrete bollards like these LinkExternal link he called off Operation Sealion LinkExternal link and decided on Operation Barbarossa LinkExternal link instead. Thus was the course of history changed by a few tonnes of ordinary portland cement mixed with gravel.
by Brian Robert Marshall


Am inclined to doubt the bit about the course of history being changed but have never been one to let the truth get in the way of a good story - MEP

2009
SU2763 : Bridge 98, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
The bridge carries a bridleway over the Kennet and Avon canal. The concrete bollards date from the dark days of 1939/40 when the risk of invasion by German forces was a real one. The Ministry of Defence have taken the view that the risk, though diminished, remains and that therefore so should the bollards. I have to say the knowledge that these sentinels are still here guarding uncomplaining against the foreign hordes should make all of us sleep easier in our beds. For another comforting photograph see this one LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
SU2763 : Lock on the Kennet and Avon canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
I spoke briefly to the man on the boat who told me he spends his days going up and down the five or six locks on this stretch of the canal. An enviable life.
by Brian Robert Marshall


2010
SU2763 : New Bridge and the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
The bridge visible just beyond the lock is named 'New Bridge' on the Ordnance Survey 1:25K map. It's possible they have it wrong as some say that the real New Bridge is the one I was standing on to take this photograph.
by Brian Robert Marshall


2007
SU2763 : Kennet & Avon Navigation:  Beech Tree Walk Bridge 98 by Dr Neil Clifton
The lock behind the bridge is Lock No 63, Crofton Bottom Lock: sometimes it is given the same name as the bridge.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2763 : Beech Grove Lock by Graham Horn
And just for inconsistency, Beech Tree Walk Bridge behind. Anti-tank bollards can be seen on the bridge. The canal was one of the strategic lines of defence should an invasion have occurred during WWII and most bridges had these features on them.

This lock is sometimes regarded as the bottom lock of the Crofton flight. Looking in this direction it is over a kilometre to the next lock, a larger gap than any of the nine from the summit. However, others regard only the first six, or seven, to be part of the flight.
by Graham Horn


2007
SU2763 : Crofton Bottom Lock and Beech Tree Walk Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
I'm not sure whether camping on the towpath is legal, but here a couple of young chaps had set up a bivouac intending to spend the night.
by Dr Neil Clifton

2005 SU2763 : The Kennet & Avon canal near Great Bedwyn by Nigel Brown2007 SU2763 : Mill Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2007 SU2763 : Kennet & Avon Navigation:  Looking towards Mill Bridge 97 by Dr Neil Clifton
2008 SU2763 : Bridge on the Kennet and Avon canal by Sarah Charlesworth2009 SU2763 : North from Bridge 98, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall2009 SU2763 : Boat on the Kennet and Avon canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
1976 SU2763 : Beech Tree Walk Bridge and Crofton Bottom Lock No 63, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2009 SU2763 : Beech Tree Walk Bridge by Graham Horn2009 SU2763 : Kennet and Avon Canal near Crofton by Maigheach-gheal




1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
SU2663

1976
SU2663 : New Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Despite its name, New Bridge was anything but new in 1976 and indeed was in such a derelict condition that it had been closed for safety. The bridge, which has not been reopened, never carried anything more than a footpath. The bridge marked as 'New Bridge' on the OS map is actually Heathy Close Bridge, but the bridge in the photograph is New Bridge and is in 2663.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2007
SU2663 : New Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Although the Kennet and Avon has been restored, this bridge remains derelict and out of use. It has no parapet so would be unsafe for anyone attempting to cross it. You can see the same bridge as it was in 1976 here SU2663 : New Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal
by Dr Neil Clifton


2010
SU2663 : Bridge 99, Kennet and Avon Canal, near Crofton by Brian Robert Marshall
This dilapidated and virtually useless bridge is said by some to be called 'New Bridge'. The Ordnance Survey don't agree saying that this one is New Bridge LinkExternal link It definitely has a small plaque with the number '99' affixed to it so that is what I shall call it. Bridge 99 is shown at difference places depending on which map one looks at. The OS 1:25K tallies with my GPS placing the bridge firmly in SU2663.
by Brian Robert Marshall


2010
SU2663 : Bridge 99, Kennet and Avon Canal by David Martin
Looking very overgrown and leading to nowhere...
by David Martin


2012
SU2663 : Bridge no. 99 by David Lally
On the Kennet & Avon Canal. A lot of shrubbery has been cleared since the previous pictures on the site LinkExternal link . Making the WWII tank traps more visible.
by David Lally






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