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

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

Bridge 5, Wendover Arm, Drayton Beauchamp, looking West
Bridge 5, Wendover Arm, Drayton Beauchamp, looking West
The canal beyond the bridge was restored and re-watered when the Aston Clinton bypass was built. The bed was lined to prevent the loss of water (which was the reason the canal was closed a century ago) and the banks prepared and planted to encourage appropriate riverbank vegetation. The light coloured left bank in the distance is bare chalk where the canal was realigned to allow barges to pass under the new road.
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.
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Chris Reynolds and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
+
+
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
SP9011, 83 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 28 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 28 February, 2009
Category
Canal bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 903 119 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.9455N 0:41.4886W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 903 120
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map
+


Image classification(about): Geograph
This page has been viewed about 17 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · OS Map Checksheet · Geograph Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
NW N NE
W Go E
SW S SE
[Mark
You are not logged in login | register