Geo-Trips :: The Cotswold Canals Walk, leg 2

The Cotswold Canals Walk

A walk from Chalford, Wed, 21 Jun 2017 by David Purchase

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Between 2012 and 2017 a group of four walkers completed the Thames Path from the Barrier to the source, in 22 legs. Why that way? Well, although uphill, a climb of 120m spread over that many days is not exactly arduous. I, for one, preferred a country to a city ending. And as we all came from the Bristol area, walking towards home was psychologically more satisfying.

When we reached the source (completely dry, as usual) we decided to extend the walk to include the Thames & Severn Canal walk (aka The Cotswold Canals Walk), which was fairly local for us. For me this had the advantage that I could complete my third continuous chain of squares 'from sea to shining sea', or more prosaically from tidal water in the North Sea to tidal water in the west. The others were Hadrian's Wall (another Geo-trip of mine) and a long chain from Aberystwyth to Lowestoft (completed over many years and not lending itself to a Geo-trip).

The Cotswold Canals Walk runs from Lechlade to the River Severn at Upper Framilode. It is 66 km long, most of which follows the route of the old Thames and Severn Canal, though the final stretch was known as the Stroudwater. However we had already walked from Lechlade to Thames Head on the Thames Path, and chose not to repeat that, even by a slightly different route. Instead we walked about 35 km from Kemble to the Severn, in 3 legs. For various reasons I was unable to photograph every square in the chain when we did the walk, but this was local country and it was easy to revisit and fill in the gaps. But the Geo-trip rules do not allow for those photos to be included!

The second leg, 10 km, took us from Chalford to Ryeford, through the centre of Stroud.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO8902 : The Thames and Severn Canal, at Chalford by David Purchase
The Thames and Severn Canal, at Chalford
Looking upstream, at this point the canal went through a short tunnel. The tower... more

SO8802 : Beside the Thames and Severn Canal, Chalford by David Purchase
Beside the Thames and Severn Canal, Chalford
Looking upstream.

SO8702 : Path by the Thames and Severn Canal by David Purchase
Path by the Thames and Severn Canal
The canal, believe it or not, occupies most of the lower right-hand quarter of this photo.

SO8702 : Old lock on the Thames and Severn Canal by David Purchase
Old lock on the Thames and Severn Canal
Looking downstream.

SO8602 : Port Mill, Brimscombe by David Purchase
Port Mill, Brimscombe
Astride the Thames and Severn Canal.

SO8602 : Old lock on the Thames and Severn Canal by David Purchase
Old lock on the Thames and Severn Canal
Looking downstream.

SO8603 : The Thames and Severn Canal, looking downstream by David Purchase
The Thames and Severn Canal, looking downstream
A stretch with plenty of water, though not yet navigable.

SO8503 : Lock on the Thames and Severn Canal by David Purchase
Lock on the Thames and Severn Canal
Looking upstream.

SO8503 : A happy family! by David Purchase
A happy family!
On the Thames and Severn Canal.

SO8405 : Rowcroft, Wallbridge, Stroud by David Purchase
Rowcroft, Wallbridge, Stroud
A modern office complex, seen across the Thames and Severn Canal.

SO8405 : The Stroudwater Canal by David Purchase
The Stroudwater Canal
Looking downstream, just west of Stroud.

SO8304 : Locks on the Stroudwater Canal by David Purchase
Locks on the Stroudwater Canal
Looking downstream towards Framilode and the Severn.

SO8204 : By the Stroudwater Canal by David Purchase
By the Stroudwater Canal
Looking downstream, towards Framilode and the Severn.

SO8104 : Locks on the Stroudwater Canal by David Purchase
Locks on the Stroudwater Canal
Looking downstream, of course.

All images © David Purchase and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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