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Sunday, 2 October 2011

A Stroll Along The Canal




It's been hot for a few days. Unexpectedly, unseasonally hot. I caught a bit of sun yesterday, and so with everything I had planned to do rendered somewhat impractical by the pounding headache, we instead went out for a gentle stroll along our local canal.

They've started a project to improve the canal, in Stroud. Endless roadworks and diversions while they've been building a new road bridge across a newly-cleaned section of canal. And when we got there, it was pretty nice.


Take a couple of steps further back, however, and it's a rather different story: the canal leading up to the new bridge is still a narrow channel, impossible to navigate by boat.



A few more photos from our walk will show you, there's quite a bit more work to be done before the canal will be back to its former glory. Locks have broken gates or no gates, reeds and rushes sometimes make such a thick carpet that you'd struggle to know there was water there at all, and in a few places the whole width is dammed with rock and earth. I'm looking forwards to the day when we can come this way by boat, but I'm not holding my breath...









6 comments:

Emma said...

Looks like it will be lovely when it's all finished. We are very lucky that we have a well used canal path and it's very picturesque. x

Kazzy said...

Looks like you live in a lovely place.

Jeanne said...

The little waterfall is pretty.

Rachel said...

I can see they've a lot of work to do still, but at least a start has been made!

becky said...

The beginning of the clear-out looks good...promising, at least.

Charlotte said...

Love the waterfall. And this will be so gorgeous when it's all finished.

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