Wallbridge to Bowbridge

Stroud, Gloucestershire                                                                                         Photos by Hetty

3rd January 2018            First walk of the New Year     3.5 miles       map of walk

We walked along the canal from Wallbridge to see the restoration at Bowbridge

At Capel Mill we saw a working boat where the canal, river and railway viaduct converge

Canal and river

Canal path at Bowbridge – canal left, river right

Restored bridge at Bowbridge – it used to be completely filled in

Restored lock at Bowbridge, from the bridge – lock gates replace concrete

New houses centre back. When we lived at Bowbridge there were only a few cottages by the vet, now there are 3 developments.


Warp and Weft are 2 mud boats that were new to the canal in 2016

Another working canal boat

The canal needs clearing

We returned to Capel Mill via the path above the railway line – the canal is full to the brim

(pictures of this section when it was empty are further down the page)

Then we followed the river back to Wallbridge


At Walbridge they are restoring what is left of the old Stroud Brewery

It looked like this in Nov 2014 and Feb 2016


26th November 2016               AT WALLBRIDGE

Wallbridge Upper Lock

15th February 2016    AT WALLBRIDGE

Former Bell Hotel

Part of old brewery by the canal

New Brewery Bridge

Former HQ of Stroudwater Canal


By Capel Mill

Dr Newton’s Way in 2007, where the canal used to go under the railway viaduct


May 2013

A new section of canal has been created at Capel Mill, as the old one was filled in and is now a road under the viaduct. There was one opportunity to walk in the new section, before the water went in

August 2013 The new section of canal in water

In the centre are canoeists by the river


More canal pictures

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