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Cotswold Canals

Tales From The Towpath
Where Other Waters Flow
Up The Cut
Birmingham Canal Navigations
Cotswold Canals
Folk On The Water
The Hatton Flight
The Hereford & Gloucester Canal
Lichfield & Hatherton
Bosworth Summit Pound - A Story
L. T. C. Rolt 1910 - 1974
Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival
The Bold Navigators
Lost Routes
Contemporary Campbells
Cotswold Canal Trust

The Thames & Severn Canal ran from the River Thames at Lechlade, ascending sixteen locks, then through the 2 mile Sapperton Tunnel, to link with the Stoudwater Canal at Brimscombe. Twelve locks brought the Stroudwater Canal down from Stroud to Saul. From here, it continued to Framilode where it locked down into the tidal River Severn.
In 1827, the Gloucester-Berkeley Ship Canal was opened, thus creating the 'crossroads junction' at Saul. The mile length of the Stroudwater Canal to the Severn later became disused. The last recorded commercial toll on the Stroudwater Canal was paid in 1941. It was officially abandoned in 1954. The Thames & Severn had met a similar fate in 1933. Gloucestershire in general and the Stroud Valleys in particular are renowned for their beauty, seclusion and historic interest. Surely, reasons enough for the canal to be reopened to Stroud and beyond!

The Cotswold Canals Trust is a Registered Charity and its aims are:
  • To promote, for the benefit of the community, the reopening of the Cotswold Canals
  • To promote the restoration of the two waterways to give a balance between the needs of navigation, development, recreation, heritage, landscape conservation, wildlife and natural habitats
  • To promote the use of all towpaths as the Thames & Severn Way - long distance foot path
  • To achieve restoration of the Cotswold Canals as a navigable route from Saul Junction to the River Thames

    Sapperton Tunnel1900 [click for larger image]

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    an excerpt from
    Hornblower and The Atropos
    by C.S. Forester

    the longest canal tunnel
    in Britain

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    The Cotswold Canals Trust

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