SP9011 : Bridge 5, Wendover Arm, Drayton Beauchamp, looking East

taken 9 years ago, near to Wilstone, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Bridge 5, Wendover Arm, Drayton Beauchamp, looking East
Bridge 5, Wendover Arm, Drayton Beauchamp, looking East
The canal at this point was dry for about 100 years, until it was re-watered when the Aston Clinton bypass was built. Nature has moved in and there are fish, ducks and other waterfowl in occupation, and it is currently a clear and slow-moving chalk stream. It is likely to stay this way until the restoration of the canal between this point and Little Tring is competed, when it will become open for navigation and the mud will be churned up by passing barges.
Wendover Arm, Grand Union Canal
The Wendover Arm was planned as a feeder to supply water to the Tring Summit of the Grand Junction Canal (now the Grand Union Canal). It was completed as a navigable canal in 1797 and operated as such throughout the 19th century. However the canal leaked water and was closed early in the 20th century, and the water was piped into the reservoirs at Tring. As a result the route of the canal currently splits into three sections:
From Wendover to Drayton Beauchamp (via Halton and Buckland Wharf) the old canal channel carries what is, in environmental terms, a very healthy chalk stream. Because of the minimal human disturbance it supports a wide range of animal and plant species.
Between Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring the canal channel is currently being relined so that it can be re-watered allowing canal boats to travel to Buckland Wharf, where low road bridges currently prevent further progress. This work is being carried out by the Wendover Arm Trust LinkExternal link
Between Little Tring and the Tring Summit of the Grand Union Canal the canal is fully navigable, and a short section has recently been reopened to provide a winding hole. This section gives great pleasure to those who travel in barges but is environmentally far less interesting than the Wendover end because passing barges stir up the mud.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 February, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 28 February, 2009
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Canal bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 903 119 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.9346N 0:41.4802W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 902 119
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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