Saturday, June 24, 2017

Both Ends (10) : Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal stretches from Oxford up to near Bedworth in Warwickshire, where it joins the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction. It passes through places like Banbury, Heyford and Rugby on the way and was (and still is of course) an important waterway. It took 20 years to complete the canal, construction beginning in 1769. The first stretch reached from Bedworth to Napton then further extensions were made (money permitting) to Banbury. The canal finally made it through to the centre of Oxford in 1790.

The canal was intended to link the Midlands to London with traffic switching to the Thames at Oxford. It did very well initially but went into decline after the opening of the rival Grand Junction Canal which had a more direct route.

However the Northern section remained busy well into the 20th century and carried commercial traffic into the 1960s. Nowadays the Oxford Canal is one of the most popular waterways with pleasure boaters.
The Oxford city end of the canal, this part of the canal is non-navigable

Enslow Wharf

Clifton Wharf, Rugby

Hawkesbury Junction where the canal joins the Coventry Canal

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ambergate bridge

Near the current end of the canal in Ambergate.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lapworth-Wootton Wawen

The latest photoshoot is a long walk along the Stratford Canal from Lapworth to Wootton Wawen. In doing so this now completes the Southern section of the canal - though i still have most the Northern section to do! The photos can be seen here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Latest canal walk was a short walk along the Grand Union Canal in Olton as it approaches Solihull. You can see the photos here (and some other stuff).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Arms (13) : Walsall Town

An off-shoot of the Walsall Canal into the town centre (or close anyway) itself.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Latest canal photoshoot is along the Coventry Canal from Bedworth to Longford, taking in Hawkesbury Junction where the Oxford Canal begins (or ends depending on your point of your view). The photos can be seen here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Latest canal walk was a brief visit to Walsall and the Town Arm of the Walsall Canal, photos here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Back to the Tame Valley

I paid a visit to the Tame Valley Canal in Perry Barr last week, i used to come here every day but since i have changed jobs i haven't been for a long time. The canal is still there... and has a nicely firm gravel towpath instead of the old mud track there was before.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Its always nice to visit a new stretch of canal, today i visited the Oxford Canal where it runs through Rugby. Taking in a couple of aqueducts, an arm and a wharf so plenty to see and much more to discover so i need to return for sure. You can see my photos here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Both Ends (9) : Cromford Canal

One end of the Cromford Canal, at Cromford Wharf in Cromford is not in doubt. But with the canal only navigable for a short distance and for much of its route barely surviving at all where is the other end of the Cromford Canal these days?

Is it at the end of the Wigwell Aqueduct where the current limit of navigability is? Or where the canal meets the Erewash Canal? However there is a big stretch before that without any water. I've chosen Ambergate where the waters peter out into a bit of a dribble. This is the end of the continuous water from Cromford Wharf.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Ledbury has no canal now but until 1885 the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal came through here. Then it became a railway line but nowadays is a walking trail.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Enslow Railway Bridge 215A

Crossing the Oxford Canal.

As a bonus here is a video of a train on the bridge.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wey and Godalming Navigations

The River Wey is navigable for 20 miles from where it links to the Thames at Weybridge up to Godalming in Surrey. Here it is seen in Guildford.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017