Blunder Lock restoration update 2015

Posted on 01. Nov, 2015 by in Environment & Nature, Featured

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Cotswold Canals write: Stroudwater Navigation, Blunder lock One of the early Cotswold Canals Trust restoration projects, the site of the first trip boat operations by the Trust, and a Royal visit to the site during restoration. The fully operational lock is very much in the public eye, for the busy A419 is at its closest approach to the canal here. Picnic benches and a well maintained towpath (part of the Thames & Severn Way) attract passers by, and it is now hard to believe that this had ever been derelict.  The chamber differs from the neighbouring locks in that it is largely constructed in stone.

A tide of public opinion following the restoration eventually prevented further road schemes obliterating the route of the canal east of the lock.
There is a slipway for light craft in the pound below the lock, nearby parking, and though not far from the road, it is a pleasant place to stroll or to watch and listen to wildlife. The bottom lock gates were recently regated in EKKI timber, as part of ongoing maintenance. Blunder lock – once known as “Lower Nassfield” – is the fourth lock of a five lock flight which take the Stroudwater Navigation away from the valley floor of the river Frome. Restoration here is part of the on-going restoration of the Cotswold Canals.

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