HORSE TUN­NELS

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Most bridges car­ry­ing roads over canals have tow­paths un­der them. Where they don’t, the horse usu­ally had to cross the road. But just oc­ca­sion­ally, you’ll spot one with a sep­a­rate tun­nel in­tended for horses – you can tell by its shape that it isn’t just for pedes­tri­ans. This one’s at Marple Locks – but there’s a very un­usual one on the north­ern Grand Union at Shrew­ley, where the canal passes through a tun­nel (with­out tow­path), but at the north­ern por­tal, the horse path be­gins its jour­ney over the top of the hill by climb­ing through a sep­a­rate steeply-graded tun­nel of its own. And at Cos­grove, there’s a sim­i­larly horse-shaped tun­nel un­der the canal, pro­vid­ing a handy link to­day from the tow­path to the vil­lage.

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