The Stroudwater Canal at Framtpon Mansell
Frampton Mansell, England
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Exploring the abandoned Stroudwater Canal at Frampton Mansell Nov 03, 2012
The stretch of the abandoned Stroudwater Canal between the Crown Inn at Frampton Mansell and the Daneway, approx 1.5 miles along the old towpath is perfect as a gentle afternoon amble away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other areas of the Cotswolds.
The canal, built at the end of the 18th centuary, linked Stroud which was an industrial centre for the woollen industry, with the Thames and Severn Canal, forming part of a through-route from Bristol to London.
In its heyday it was a busy commercial route, carrying coal from the Severn Estuary and cloth from the Stroud Valley's mills.
The decline in the woollen industry and increasing use of road and rail transport resulted in the canal falling into decline and finally being abandoned in 1954.
Today you can walk or cycle the 12 mile route between Easington and Sapperton. My favourite stretch, however, is between Frampton Mansell and the Daneway public house near Sapperton. Here the canal has a sleeping beauty quality; at times almost obliterated by trees, undergrowth and reedbeds and at others strikingly canal-like still, with intact bridges, towpath edging slabs and still descernable lock workings.
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