England's Grand Union Canal - Knowle Lock Flight through to Shrewley.

With some nice canal locks to look at as well as lots of old bridges this is a very enjoyable and countrified stretch of the canal to walk or cycle through.


The following is a continuation from our Camp Hill Locks to Kixley along The Grand Union Canal in England item.
Knowle Lock 51 full of water - The Grand Union Canal, England. Knowle Canal Lock 51 Lockgates and pond on The Grand Union Canal, England.

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 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Knowle Lock 50
Knowle Lock lockgates at Lock 50 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 50 Gates
Knowle Lock 49, Grand Union Canal in England.
Lock no.49
 Knowle Lock 49 - bits of the old lock can be seen on the right.
Lock no.49
Knowle Lock 48 gate arms - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock no.48
Lockgates at Knowle Lock48 - The Grand Union Canal in England.
Lock 48 Gates
Two Knowle Lock Flight Locks along The Grand Union Canal in the Midlands, England.
Knowle Locks
Knowle Lock 47 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock no.47
Knowle Locks - Lock 47 lockgates - Grand Union Canal, England.
Lock 47 Gates
Kings Arms Bridge going across The Grand Union Canal in England.
Kings Arms Bridge 70
Kings Arms Bridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Kings Arms Bridge
Black Boy Bridge going across The Grand Union Canal in England.
Black Boy Bridge 69
Grand Union Canal - Black Boy Bridge
Black Boy Bridge
Bridge 68 - Bakers Lane bridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Bakers Lane Bridge
Grand Union Main Line - Bakers Lane Bridge 68
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.Turnover Bridge 67 near Lapworth, Grand Union Canal, England. 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).
Grand Union Canal - Turnover Bridge 67 switches the towpath.
Bridge 67
Pipebridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Pipe
bridge
Grand Union Canal Pipe bridge
Pipe
bridge
Grand Union Canal Bridge 66 - Rising Bridge
Rising Bridge
Rising Bridge 66 crosses The Grand Union Canal in England.
Rising Bridge

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.
Canal Bridge no:65 on the Grand Union Canal, England
Kingswood Bridge
Kingswood Bridge no:65 going over The Grand Union Canal, England.
Kingswood Bridge 65
Kingswood Junction Canal Bridge - Grand Union Canal, England.
Kingswood Junction
Grand Union Canal, England - Kingswood Junction Bridge
Kingswood
Junction Bridge
Weston Hall Canal Bridge no:64 on the Grand Union Canal, England
Weston Hall Bridge
Canal Bridge no:64 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Weston Hall Bridge 64
Canal Bridge no:63 going over The Grand Union Canal in England
Turners Green Bridge
no.63
Turners Green Bridge - Grand Union Canal.
Turners Green Bridge63
Old Beamed Cootage next to the Grand Union Canal, England
Old beamed cottages
Canal Bridge no:62
Rowington Hill
Bridge 62
Rowington Bridge no:62 - Grand Union Canal, England.
Rowington Hill Bridge
Canal Bridge no:61 on the Grand Union Canal, England
White Bridge no.61
White Bridge no:61 - Grand Union Canal, England.
White Bridge no.61
Canal Bridge no:60 crosses over The Grand Union Canal Main Line, England
Castle Meadow Bridge
Bridge no:60
Castle Meadow
Bridge no.60
Canal Syphon or Sluice - Grand Union Canal, England.
Syphon Bridge 60
No idea what this is - the Grand Union Canal, England
? by Bridge 60
Tythe Barn Canal Bridge no:59 on the Grand Union Canal Main Line, England
Bridge no.59
Canal Bridge no:59 going over The Grand Union Canal, England
Tythe Barn Bridge
Shrewley Tunnel (northern portal) - Grand Union Canal, England
Shrewley Tunnel N
Shrewley Tunnel North on The Grand Union Canal. 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.
South entrance to Shrewley Tunnel
Shrewley Tunnel S
Shrewley Tunnel southern entrance on the Grand Union Canal, England
Shrewley Tunnel S
Balls Bridge no:58 on the Grand Union Canal, England
Balls Bridge58
Balls Bridge crosses The- Grand Union Canal in England.
Balls Bridge
Canal Bridge no:57 on the Grand Union Canal, England.
Bridge57
Gallows Bridge 57 going over The Grand Union Cana in, England.
Gallows Bridge no.57
Canal Bridge no:56 - Grand Union Canal, England
Bridge no.56
Canal Bridge no:56 on the Grand Union Canal Main Line, England
Bridge no.56
Canal Bridge no:55 crosses The Grand Union Canal in England.
St. Johns Bridge no.55
St Johns Bridge no:55 - Grand Union Canal, England.
St Johns Bridge
The next section of the Canal is covered on our Hatton Locks Flight on The Grand Union Canal topic.
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