England's Grand Union Canal - Knowle Lock Flight through to Shrewley.
A little about the Knowle Lock Flight on The Grand Union Canal in the English Midlands.
Originally Knowle Locks were a series of six narrow locks but one lock was removed and the remaining five were modernised into wide locks during the 1930 Grand Union Canal Improvement. The lock flight starts off with Knowle Lock 51 (pictures on the left). The remains of the old narrow locks are still evident as can more or less be seen on our Lock 49 photo
shown below. Knowle Locks are the northernmost of the widened locks on the Grand Union Canal - i.e. from here going north on into Birmingham all of the Grand Union Canal Locks are the original width.
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Knowle Lock 50
Lock 50 Gates
Lock 48 Gates
Lock 47 Gates
Kings Arms Bridge 70
Kings Arms Bridge
Black Boy Bridge 69
Black Boy Bridge
Bakers Lane Bridge
Bakers Lane Bridge 68
Grand Union Canal Bridge 67 is a Turnover Bridge.
These nicely shaped bridges take the towpath gently up to the height of the bridge and were built fairly wide across.
This allowed the horses towing the barges to cross
over the canal without having to be unhitched whenever the towpath changed sides or perhaps to switch to another canal. The walkways up and down from the towpath are usually cobbled for grip.
Once over this bridge the towpath from here heading on south is in a terrible state especially if it's been raining. There are several collapses, quite high undergrowth and you have to
try and get past some quite deep, slippery muddy stretches - also cyclists should watch out for one or two potholes which can be quite well hidden in the undergrowth. The condition of this section of the Grand Union Canal's towpath only improves a few hundred metres from Rising Bridge 66 (which is on the
western side of Lapworth).
The Grand Union Canal from Kingswood Junction via Shrewley Tunnel to St. John's Bridge.
The nicely shaped and beautifully bricked Kingswood Junction Bridge marks the start of a short stretch of canal called the Lapworth Link. The Lapworth Link provides a connection between The Grand Union Canal Main Line and the beautiful Stratford-on-Avon Canal
via Lapworth Locks at Kingswood Junction. If out walking, boating or cycling in the area then it is really worth diverting along the short canal link to at least take a quick look at Lapworth lock flight - well to see all of these locks in truth is going to take somewhat more than a quick look as there are rather a lot in the Flight.
Kingswood Bridge 65
Weston Hall Bridge
Weston Hall Bridge 64
Turners Green Bridge
Turners Green Bridge63
Old beamed cottages
Rowington Hill Bridge
White Bridge no.61
White Bridge no.61
Castle Meadow Bridge
Syphon Bridge 60
? by Bridge 60
Tythe Barn Bridge
Shrewley Tunnel N
Just by Turner's Green Bridge and somewhat lower than the towpath there is a really nice old beamed house or cottage well covered in foliage (see the photograph three rows up).
The immediate area around Shrewley Tunnel is very interesting - as you approach the tunnel the embankment either side of the canal is heavily wooded and there is plenty of water in the form of streams and
rivulets coming down the embankment's sides.
Shrewley Tunnel on the Grand Union Canal
was opened in 1799 and is 433 yards long - the tunnel is just wide enough to allow two 7 foot wide boats to pass. Shrewley tunnel is very wet inside and this has
caused the creation of hundreds of small stalactites. There is no towpath through the tunnel so walkers and cyclists have to take a smaller 40 yard long tunnel which goes up to Shrewley Village and then continue back down along a clearly marked track and path to the canal's towpath on the other side.
Shrewley Tunnel S
Shrewley Tunnel S
Gallows Bridge no.57
St. Johns Bridge no.55
St Johns Bridge
Also see our Following along The Grand Union Canal in England
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