Monday, 19 July 2021

Walking the Cotswold Canals

 Monday July 19 Thames & Severn Canal

Sunday was so hot we sheltered from the sun for most of the day, reading and walking the dog, but mainly trying to keep cool. It was 37C! We did enjoy watching on tv all the Formula 1 motor racing this weekend, at Silverstone.

Today we took the car to Chalford, near Stroud, and walked the Thames & Severn Canal along the Golden Valley of the Rover Frome. It’s a tight fit for road, rail, river and canal in this narrow Cotswold valley. 

Having walked the restored section from Stroud up past Ham Mill Lock previously, today we walked back from Ballinger’s Lock 12, by the Round House at Chalford, along the unrestored canal a couple of miles to the site of Brimscombe Port. 

On the way, the Felt Cafe, by the canal at Bourne Mill and Lock 8, and beside the River Frome, provided good coffee and excellent meaty sausage roll and chocolate cake. 

We figured out the position of the future basin close to the Brimscombe Mill building, presently a car park. 

John found the new Cotswold Canal Trust shop next to The Ship Inn. 

The canal will one day pass under the road and 100 yards along the lane next to these two places. John found the towpath and more filled in canal to Gough’s Orchard Lock 7, which has been excavated.

The blue pipe is to bring water from the River Frome one day, we think.

On the way home, we stopped to see the canal by St Cyr Chirch, Stonehouse. Honeypie beat all of us to navigate this canal!

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