Stroudwater Canal

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The current restoration of the Cotswold Canals - the Stroudwater Navigation (7 miles/12km) and the Thames & Severn Canal (29 miles/46km) - will see the connection of England`s two greatest rivers; the Thames and the Severn for the first time in over seventy years. The Cotswold Canals shaped the landscape of the Stroud Valleys for nearly 200 years and their renaissance will do this once again. Find out more about the project from the Cotswold Canals Trust

The canals and towpaths are a special feature of the Stroud Valleys; walk or cycle any stretch of the towpath between Eastington and Sapperton, a distance of 12 miles, and you will experience peace and quiet away from busy roads. The canal banks have become a linear nature reserve where you will see ducks, moorhen and dragonflies as well as the occasional flash of a kingfisher or an early morning deer. Industrial heritage is also in evidence as you glimpse former Cotswold stone textile mills on route. Visit the canal now and you will see it whilst restoration is underway.

Boat trips along the canal are available from Operations Wharf at Ebley Mill, GL5 4UB, more details can be found on the Costwold Canals Trust website



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