The canal history SPOTTERS’ GUIDE
You’re at the tiller of your boat on a quiet, rural length of canal, idly wondering how far the next lock is. You happen to glance across to the towpath and spot an old sign denoting ‘¾’. Three-quarters of what? A few yards further along, there’s a rusty old length of railway line, half buried in the undergrowth. Where did it go?
You look away from it to concentrate on your steering for a while, as the canal narrows down to just over 7ft wide for
Wherever you cruise waterways heritage is all around, so we’ve picked 20 pieces of more unusual canal history for you to look out for on your travels
30 yards or so. Why? There’s no obvious reason: it doesn’t look like there’s ever been a bridge or a lock here.
As with so many of the features of our canals, these are relics from the canals’ working days. But unlike the locks, the bridges, the tunnels and the aqueducts which we still use for their original function, it isn’t always obvious what their purpose was. So we’ve picked 20 different historic waterways features for you to look out for on your travels.