Friday, February 24, 2012

Edstone Aqueduct

Edstone Aqueduct is one of three on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. North of Wilmcote and near Bearley the Edstone Aqueduct is 145m long and crosses the the current railway line from Birmingham to Stratford as well as the trackbed of another former line and a road.
Edstone Aqueduct, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
The Edstone Aqueduct is the longest aqueduct in England and was built in the early 1800s in cast iron. An interesting feature of the aqueduct (and the other 2 on this canal) is that the towpath is level with the base of the canal and not close to the water level as is usual. Thus when you walk along the aqueduct passing boats are level with your head (or chest depending on how tall you are!) There are some nice views of the South Warwickshire countryside from the canal, lots of sheep in other words.
Bearley, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
View from the aqueduct

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